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Tick test

Ticks are by no means harmless insects, they are carriers of dangerous pathogens. Studies show that 20-50% of ticks harbor potentially disease-causing agents that can be transmitted to humans.

Pathogenic germs in ticks can cause diseases

In addition to the already known risk of Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE or TBE) – whereby there is a vaccination against TBE, but unfortunately not against Lyme disease – there is also the risk of Alongshan virus (ALSV). Alongshan virus is a relatively newly discovered virus that is transmitted by ticks and can cause fever, headaches and other flu-like symptoms.

Lyme disease: This bacterial disease is the most common tick-borne disease. Early symptoms include a migratory reddening of the skin (erythema migrans) and flu-like symptoms. In later stages, the disease can spread throughout the body and lead to chronic inflammation of the joints, nervous system, skin and heart. The pathogens can be found throughout Switzerland up to an altitude of 1300 m above sea level.

Certainty through analytics

Analysis by Biolytix: Our laboratory specializes in the analysis of ticks for Borrelia DNA and Alongshan virus. A positive result can lead to an early consultation and, if necessary, treatment by a general practitioner.

If you have been bitten by a tick or have concerns about possible exposure, it is important to have the tick analyzed. Early detection can lead to more effective treatments and better outcomes, and knowledge of the presence of Alongshan virus or Borrelia bacteria can be crucial.

Send in the tick!

You can send us the tick in a small envelope, a zip-lock bag or a small container by post. To order a test, please click on the link provided.

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