Get Tick Smart in Switzerland
What are ticks apart from being annoying bloodsuckers?
Ticks are spider-like animals that can transmit various diseases with their bite, they are “only” carriers. They live in undergrowth, and on forest edges, clearings, forest paths and forest hedges with lush and high grass, shrubs, bushes, and scrubland. They crawl up from the ground on to plants to about 1.5 m high. They do not fall from trees or bushes. In Switzerland, ticks are found abundantly in many areas in altitudes of up to approx. 2000m above sea level.
Ticks can transmit many different diseases. The main ones in Switzerland are
* Lyme Disease (in German Borreliose) and
* Tick-Borne Encephalitis TBE, in German FSME (Frühsommer-Meningoenzephalitis)
In Switzerland, an estimated 8000 to 15000 people are diagnosed with Lyme Disease every year. The number of unreported cases is likely to be significantly higher since Lyme Disease is considered to be a “big imitator”, meaning it simulates the symptoms of many other diseases. If recognised early and treated with antibiotics, Lyme Disease can be cured completely in most cases.
TBE is caused by a virus, which makes treatment much more challenging. In Switzerland, between 100 and 250 cases of tick encephalitis are registered every year. However, there have been years where more than 450 cases were reported. About 80 per cent of these patients have to be treated in a hospital.
Is there a vaccination against TBE but no immunisation against Lyme Disease? Children may also be immunised but there are different recommendations in different countries.
Do you want to learn more about Ticks in Switzerland?
This 60-minute LIVE online webinar covers the following topics:
* more about ticks in Switzerland
* which myths and misconceptions about ticks are true
* in-depth information about the diseases ticks can cause
* how you can protect yourself
* how you can protect children
* which immunisations there are and who may be immunised
First aid course fee
The course fee is CHF 40, payable via Paypal, bank transfer or Twint.
First Aid courses
First Aid courses dates 2023
Tuesday, March 29, 2023
, 19 until 20 o’clock