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2020: Mutant tick population up 42,800% in Russia

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This must be one of the mini-arcs of the 2020 season.





In one region of Siberia, there is reportedly 428 times more ticks than usual, reports from the Russian defence ministry’s own newspaper suggest.


And scientists have now reportedly discovered a mutant form of the arachnid which is said to have the ‘worst qualities’ of two common forms of ticks found in Russia.


The swam has also sparked growing fears that hospitals in the sparsely populated Siberia are running out of vaccines and medications for the types of diseases which ticks can inflict on the humans they bite.


These include encephalitis – an inflammation of the brain which is estimated to have killed more than 150,000 in 2015 – and the often debilitating if untreated Lyme disease.



In the Krasnoyarsk region, in central Russia, medics report 8,215 tick bite cases including 2,125 involving children.


The suburbs of Krasnoyarsk city are infested with 214 ticks per square kilometre, compared with the ‘safe’ figure of 0.5.


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