Lyme borreliosis can be transmitted by infected ticks throughout Switzerland. The FOPH has declared Switzerland as a TBE risk area, except for the cantons of Geneva and Ticino.
When going for walks, forest excursions and hikes, the best way to protect yourself from ticks is with: Long trousers and closed shoes. Put socks over your trousers Wear light-colored clothes
Yes, Lyme disease and TBE can be detected in the tick for up to one year.
For transmission to occur, the tick must bite down and then suck blood. If this has not yet happened, transmission with Lyme disease or TBE is unlikely. Even if the tick has already sucked blood, transmission does not necessarily have to have occurred, as not every tick has to be a carrier of the pathogens.
Various pathogens can be transmitted by ticks. The most widespread and best-known diseases in the northern Hemisphere are borreliosis and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE).
The best way is to use pressure-seal bags that can be sealed airtight at the top. Place the tick in a pressure seal bag, seal it well, place the bag with the tick in a normal envelope, seal the envelope and send it by post to Biolytix AG.
Since 2005, the number of TBE-infected persons in Switzerland has fluctuated between 100-250 cases per year. The better climatic conditions for ticks and the fact that more people spend time outside have led to a significant increase in TBE infections in recent years.