The south of France invaded by a tick and potentially fatal - The Point

A little bug and could well spoil the party this summer. Ticks have in effect put their bags en masse in the south of France this summer, is concerned about the

The south of France invaded by a tick and potentially fatal - The Point

A little bug and could well spoil the party this summer. Ticks have in effect put their bags en masse in the south of France this summer, is concerned about the international cooperation Centre of agricultural research for development (Cirad) of Montpellier (Hérault). The news is even more alarming that it is a tick species that is particularly dangerous : the Hyalomma marginatum, more known under the name of tick legs struck out, as the chronicles LeFigaro, Monday, June 22, 2020.

This arachnid, which can measure up to 8 millimeters in the adult age, has a desire for animals, such as horses. But the tick can fall by chance on a human, she will not hesitate a single moment to bite if necessary. However, the presence of this unwanted guest in the body can have catastrophic consequences. The tick-legged slugs in particular, can be a carrier of the hemorrhagic fever, Crimean-Congo, a disease that kills tens of thousands of people per year in Turkey.

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Multiple departments affected

If the Hyalomma marginatum was already present in Corsica for decades, its arrival on the mainland would be much more recent, considers the Cirad, which states that the insect is fond of arid zones. It would have been seen in the Pyrenees-Orientales, the Aude, the Hérault, the Gard, the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Var and the south of the Ardèche. The reason of its presence in the Hex is not yet clarified. But the Cirad compute that it would have been able to get on board of a migratory bird or of Spanish horses.

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Updated Date: 22 June 2020, 14:33

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