After radar, there is also a sign radar, but what we do about it?

Wageningen University is presenting today an app that the risk of drawing in the Netherlands predicts per square kilometer. That is a lot more precise and more relevant than existing apps and websites on the tick. The researchers point to a sharp increase in the number of tick bites in the Netherlands and warn that the public is not sufficiently aware of the danger.

The new sign is expected model is based on ten years of field research, combined with weather data and satellite images. This provides a map of the Netherlands, which is updated and which can be zoomed strong daily. The Nature Today app is available for download today. The same card can be found on the website Nature Today, when forty Dutch organizations current developments naturally share with the general public. The arachnid tick is the latest addition.

‘Dutch go casually with the tick, “warns biologist Arnold van Vliet of the University of Wageningen. He points out that according to the RIVM the number of bites last decade has risen to 1.5 million cases per year (up 30 percent). “The Netherlands is a hotspot for tick bites, but not many people realize that. It’s worrying. “Van Vliet hopes the new app, launched in the annual Week of the Tick, alertness increases among Dutch.

20 percent of the sign in the Netherlands carries a bacterium with that can cause Lyme Disease. That came in 2017 – the latest research by RIVM – 27 thousand times. The disease is treatable, but a (small) part of the patient holds chronic symptoms. A tick bite can lead in rare cases meningitis caused by the tick-borne encephalitis virus. Recently delves more character types in Netherlands, probably brought by migratory birds from Africa, which theoretically can transmit the deadly Crimean-Congo virus.

Van Vliet: “I would not put anyone off to enjoy nature – on the contrary – but we have to go out all together less candid.” One third of the bites go Dutch in their own garden, he says. A glance at the new map there are red areas such as the Veluwe and dunes, fields orange, yellow areas, but nowhere the model predicts zero mark. “You really should always check your body when you have been in the green.” The character richer terms, how important is your skin cover, you lubricate with DEET insect repellent, stay on the trails and a large blanket with to take if you want to sit in the grass.

The dynamic character map of Nature Today was developed in collaboration with the University of Twente and the University of Applied Sciences HAS Den Bosch and co-financed by the government (NWO money). The map on a national level is free. Do you want to zoom in on one by one kilometer, it costs 24 euros per year. This results in drawing not only local information but also birds, mammals and plants. An older card, the Draw Radar RIVM and Wageningen University, is updated on time with the new model.

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