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Risk of acquiring tick bites in south-eastern Sweden
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2002 (English)In: Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases , ISSN 0035-5548, Vol. 34, no 11, 840-844 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The incidence and the temporal pattern of tick bites were studied in a population frequently out-of-doors in a tick endemic area in south-eastern Sweden between May 2000-March 2001. The participants, who were well aware of tick-borne diseases, inspected their skin daily from May until September and completed a diary sheet, registering visited geographical places, time out-of-doors, observed tick-bites, etc. The participants were also given questionnaires in both the initial and final stages of the study, asking questions about their earlier history of tick-bites, previous tick-borne diseases and out-of-door activities. The incidence was 0.04 (95% confidence interval 0.02-0.06) tick-bitten participants/10 h spent out-of-doors. In total, the participants registered 1767 tick bites, i.e. an incidence of 0.14 (95% CI 0.10-0.18) tick-bites/10 h spent out-of-doors. Within 6 months after the registration period, 8/235 (3%) had been treated for physician-diagnosed Lyme borreliosis. In conclusion, this study found a 4% risk to be tick-bitten per 10 h spent out-of-doors. The risk of contracting Lyme borreliosis was 1/221 tick bites (0.5%, 95% CI 0.44-0.56). Thus, our results indicate a low risk of acquiring Lyme borreliosis when using daily tick checks and we underline the opinion of not recommending routine prophylactic treatment for observed tick-bites.

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Taylor & Francis , 2002. Vol. 34, no 11, 840-844 p.
Keyword [en]
tick bites, lyme borreliosis, incidence, out-of-doors, prophylactic
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-9859ISI: 000180198500013Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo7F440B49189C40D3C1256E2A00332350OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-9859DiVA: diva2:837826
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2004-01-29 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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