Ticks are the most important vectors for transmitting diseases in Northern Europe. During the last decades, ticks carrying disease-causing microorganisms in humans and animals have increased in numbers and spread to new areas. The number of people and animals afflicted by tick-borne diseases are on the rise. The reasons are complex and may include climate change, increased urbanisation and other human influences on ecosystems.
It is challenging for health services and authorities to be updated on optimal strategies for prevention and management of Borrelia infections and TBE (Tick-borne encephalitis), and to keep up with newer tick-borne microorganisms and diseases, and to give adequate information to a concerned public. Evidence-based and cost-effective strategies for control of tick-borne diseases are currently the weakest chain in surveillance. NorthTick aims to meeting these challenges regarding tick-borne diseases, by providing a multi-disciplinary and transnational joint effort to improve public health service delivery regarding:
•efficient preventive measures
•optimal diagnostic strategies
•best patient management recommendations
NorthTick will enhance cooperation between academic institutions, national/regional health authorities, patient organizations and other NGOs, industry and policy makers to develop and exchange knowledge on how to curb the rise in tick-borne diseases and associated burden on society.