Tick ​​bites in the Netherlands decreased by a third

In 2022, the number of reported tick bites in the Netherlands will have decreased by a third compared to previous years. To better understand the cause of this decrease, researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and RIVM have set up a large-scale study viatekenradar.nl to gain more insight into the 1.5 million tick bites that occur in the Netherlands every year.

Last year, all Dutch provinces, except Flevoland, registered a decrease in the number of tick bites compared to the average of recent years. A decrease in tick bites was also reported in Belgium. Most reports came from Gelderland, just like in 2021, with a total of 887 reports. Noord-Brabant and Noord-Holland finished in second and third place with 554 and 490 reports respectively.

Highest number in Drenthe

In relation to the size of the population, the number of reported tick bites was highest in Drenthe (75 per 100,000 inhabitants), followed by Gelderland (43 per 100,000) and Flevoland (42 per 100,000). South Holland had the lowest number of tick bites per 100,000 inhabitants, namely 13.

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