TBE: Ticks spread in Hesse



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TBE: Ticks spread in Hesse

As soon as the spring sun can be seen in the sky, the first tick warning is heard: In Hesse, ticks that can transmit the TBE virus have spread to other areas. The number of reported cases of illness there is said to have doubled from 2008 to 2009 to a total of 16. According to Ulrich Falk, head of the health department of the Odenwald district, less than half of these are from the southernmost districts of Odenwald, Bergstrasse, Darmstadt-Dieburg, which according to the Robert Koch Institute are already known as defined risk areas in Hesse. The vast majority of TBE cases in Germany have so far been recorded mainly in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

TBE: Notifiable meningitis F.come onssummerM.eningoeNcephalitis (short: TBE), which is transmitted by the bite of the tick species Ixodes ricinus, also known as the woodbuck, is a reportable infection of the meninges. The disease initially develops with flu-like symptoms and fever, which can occur at intervals. The disease becomes threatening when the high fever is accompanied by severe headache and neck pain as a sign of meningitis. If the inflammation spreads to the brain, epileptic seizures and loss of consciousness can occur. If the spinal cord is also affected, this sometimes leads to symptoms of paralysis. Because TBE can also lead to death, a doctor or hospital should be consulted immediately if there is any suspicion.

Prevention as a means of choice A vaccine for immunization against the virus disease is available, since 2002 especially for children. While the vaccination rate for children has since increased from ten to 67% through preventive campaigns in Hesse, older people are still reluctant to vaccinate.

Prevention through adequate clothing covering arms and legs, tightly tied shoes and the avoidance of stays in the bushes and undergrowth are still considered irreplaceable. In the evening (not only) children should be checked for ticks from head to toe. If a wooden trestle is found, it must be removed properly, for example with a specially designed tick tweezer. General measures that strengthen the immune system can preventively ensure that the body survives an infection with the pathogen without major complications.

When the wooden goat has pricked once the wooden goat has stabbed and transmitted the virus, conventional bed rest and symptom relief (e.g. chemical antipyretic, pain relievers) are on the plan.
In addition to relieving the symptoms, naturopathic With willow bark and linden blossom tea, all measures are in question that support the body in mobilizing existing self-healing powers. This includes a three-day therapeutic fast, which is supposed to increase immune activity (especially the so-called phagocytes) and the adequate supply of fluids. Homeopathic remedies or nosodes can also be used under expert supervision. (Dipl.Päd. Jeanette Viñals Stein, alternative practitioner, 25.03.2010)

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