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Medical problem for cyclists in Russia: tick-borne encephalitis and borreliosis [message #57] Sat, 28 February 2009 03:09
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Medical problem for cyclists in Russia: tick-borne encephalitis and borreliosis

There are many forests in Russian, and there's tick-borne encephalitis and borreliosis(Lyme disease).

That diseases are more or less cover more than 50% of Russian Federation.

Possibility to be infected depend on the region and the season. See the map:

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So, if you was snapped by tick in Leningrad area in May or June, probability to be taken ill is 6% for tick-borne encephalitis and less 1% for borreliosis.

But in West Sibiria the probability is more 30%, and it is really seriously.

So, you should make previous immunisation in your country. If you didn't have immunisation and had multiple bites, you should go to nearest russian hospital and make postliminary immunisation. It costs approx. 20-30EUR.

The level of danger of tick-borne encephalitis and borreliosis in Russia for cyclists is depend on season and region. From 0 (zero) till high (summer time, West Sibiria).

In Leningrad area the level of danger of tick-borne encephalitis and borreliosis is from low till middle.

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Sincerely yours, Mr. Repovesi
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