Activity of ticks at highest level

The activity of ticks in the Czech Republic has reached the highest level on a five point scale, severely increasing the danger of contracting Lyme disease or Tick Borne Encephalitis, the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Office warned on Sunday. It urged people engaging in outdoor tourism to protect themselves with tick repellents and proper clothing. Ticks should be removed as quickly as possible and any changes to the skin –such as a red ring forming around the bite – must be consulted with a doctor immediately.