Lush winter brings ticks and Lyme disease

The district of Brandenburg near Berlin has reported 47 cases of Lyme disease so far this year, according to the Ministry of Health. In the district of Uckermark alone, seven cases were known.

Experts believe that people who enjoy rambling through the wild brush and woodland are blissfully unaware of the dangers posed by the miniscule Lyme tick. Chronic symptoms such as paralysis and neurological problems are rare, with most victims suffering from arthritis-like symptoms, headaches, severe fatigue or a condition similar to a heavy flu.

Ticks come up to the top of the grass and latch onto anything that comes by.