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Bitten by a tick? Remove it quick!

About 22 000 people contract Lyme disease every year in the Netherlands. This condition is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. New public information material on this disease has been developed.

RIVM set up the website tekenradar.nl in 2012, in cooperation with Wageningen University. This website gives a ten-day forecast of tick activity throughout the Netherlands. People can also apply via the website to take part in a study aimed at determining how often Lyme disease occurs after a tick bite and whether a quick small dose of antibiotics may prevent Lyme disease. With more than 7000 registered tick bites and more than 3400 ticks sent in for examination to date, this is the largest study in the world of the occurrence of Lyme disease after a tick bite.

Information about ticks and Lyme disease

Apart from the usual information material, including the RIVM toolkit, digital material has been developed to educate the public. This includes the Dutch-language film ‘Een teek? Pak ‘m beet!’ (Bitten by a tick? Remove it quick!) and the Dutch-language computer game ‘Teek Control’ (Tick Control; the Dutch name sounds like ‘Take Control’ in English) designed to teach children what ticks are and when it is important to check for tick bites. The game and the film are available online, and were visited about 25,000 times in 2012. All the information on tick bites and Lyme disease (in Dutch) may be found on the updated RIVM web page tekenbeten & Lyme.