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A deadly virus closes children's playground

A popular and well-attended nature playground in Tisvilde Hegn in north Zealand have been closed, as the authorities fear for the visitor's safety.

It happens, because researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Statens Serum Institut have found ticks with the very dangerous TBE virus in the area.

the TBE-virus, which is also known as central european encephalitis, are extremely rare in Danish ticks, if you look away from the island of Bornholm, which is the only widely used risk area in Denmark. The virus is feared because it can lead to encephalitis, which can cause lasting injury. There is no effective treatment, but you can be vaccinated.

the senior Physician Anders Fomsgaard from the Statens Serum Institut inform to TV 2 Lorry, three persons last year were infected with the fatal disease of TBE virus from ticks of the zealand in denmark, a children's playground.

- We had a little hope, that they disappeared. But we have been up to collect ticks from the same areas, and we can see that they are there yet. They are here to stay, he says.

Community - 20. oct. 2019 - at. 11:32 More danes infected with the dangerous virus.

Anders Fomsgaard estimate to the TBE-infected ticks have come from Norway, where they may have gotten a lift with the migratory birds to Denmark.

the Tick is often transported around on deer, mice and birds, and over the years has also been a regular guest in Danish privathaver. For the most part carry the ticks are not on the TBE-virus, but the bacteria borrelia, which can lead to nerve pain and paralysis.

The in Tisvilde Hegn is home to dozens of deer, and when the weather forecasts were at the same time, has brought sun and heat in copious amounts the last time, the virus and the host had ideal working conditions, explains Anders Fomsgaard to the

He recommends that people in the area stick to the marked paths. If you have a holiday cottage in Tisvilde Fences and is very worried, you can also be vaccinated.

Health authorities recommend the general to you about the summer investigates itself for the tick bite, when you have been stopped in the wild - not least if the heat has got to put on short pants. The small creeps are hiding typically, where the skin is thin, warm and moist. For example, in knæhaserne, the groin, the navel, the armpits, the scalp or behind the ears.

According to the Danish Nature agency will, in the course of Wednesday put a fence up around the playground.

See also: Danes infected with a rare tick disease

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