Two dogs die after tick bite

Heat and high humidity lure ticks on. But how dangerous are the animals actually? The danger of contracting the life-threatening TBE virus is low, especially in Northern Germany. The last case was documented in 2012. But now the "Veterinary College" (TiHo) has shocked with a statement: Two dogs infected in Hannover died – caused by a ticks – meningitis. It was a three-year-old St. Bernard and a twelve-year-old half-breed.

Ticks can transmit diseases – the question is, which one? They harbor different pathogens, transmitting a multitude of viruses that cause the dreaded brain inflammation in animals and humans. In the last half of the year one documented at the "Veterinary College Hannover"(TiHo) Two cases of FSME – Central European tick-borne encephalitis, also known as tick-borne encephalitis. The patients were dogs; a half-breed with 12 years and one St. bernard at the age of three. Veterinarian dr. Jasmin Nessler and Professor Dr. med. Andrea Tipold performed the treatments. Both medics weretick-in-fell "width =" 400 "height =" 400 "srcset =" https://www.ohadog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Two-dogs-die-after-tick-bite.jpg 400w, https: // hund.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/zecke-im-fell-300x300.jpg 300w "data-lazy-sizes =" (max-width: 400px) 100vw, 400px "></p>
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<p><strong>Has the virus evolved?</strong></p>
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<p>"It is the first time that dogs are affected," said the doctors from the TiHo. Normally dogs are resistant to the pathogens. It is believed, however, that they suffered from an immunodeficiency, which led to the fact that meningitis could even occur. Currently, researchers are investigating whether it is sometimes a known pathogen or indeed a more advanced, even more dangerous form that has not yet been discovered.</p>
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<p><strong>Risk areas: Austria, Sweden and southern Germany</strong></p>
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<p>The dogs suffered from the typical symptoms: fever, movement disorders, paralysis, weakness and convulsions were their companion. People also complain of those symptoms when bitten by ticks that transmit TBE. The advantage that humans have is vaccination against TBE. "The vaccines are good and provide protection for up to eight years," said a physician at the Lower Saxony State Health Office. Especially if the holiday in risk areas – including Sweden, southern Germany and Austria – is planned, you should be vaccinated in advance. Also for dogs there are so-called tick collars.</p>
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