A clear and present danger: tick-borne diseases in Europe

Published Date
Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2010 Jan;8(1):33-50
Heyman P
Cochez C
Hofhuis A
van der Giessen J
Sprong H
Porter SR
Losson B
Saegerman C
Donoso-Mantke O
Niedrig M
Papa A

Ticks can transmit a variety of viruses, bacteria or parasites that can cause serious infections or conditions in humans and animals. While tick-borne diseases are becoming an increasing and serious problem in Europe, tick-borne diseases are also responsible for major depressions in livestock production and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia. This review will focus on the most important circulating tick-transmitted pathogens in Europe (Borrelia spp., Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia spp., tick-borne encephalitis virus, Rickettsia spp. and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus).