More than 14 percent of the world’s people are suspected of having Lyme disease, what is it?

KOMPAS.com – At least, more than 14 percent of the world’s people are thought to have been affected Lyme diseasediseases that are transmitted through box. The findings were revealed in research published in the journal BMJ Global Health 2022.

“This is the most comprehensive and current systematic review of disease prevalence worldwide,” the researchers said.

Researchers say the Central European region has the highest infection rate from tick bites, where the number reaches 20 percent. Meanwhile, men over the age of 50 who live in rural areas are most at risk of developing Lyme disease.

After Central Europe, the region with the highest level of antibodies to Lyme disease is East Asia at 15.9 percent.

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Then followed by Western Europe with 13.5 percent, and Eastern Europe with 10.4 percent. While the Caribbean has the lowest rates, with only 2 percent of the population.

As reported by Science AlertTuesday (14/6/2022) the team collected data from 89 studies to find out how common Lyme disease is worldwide.

The result shows bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), the one that causes Lyme disease, was found in the blood of 14.5 percent of the nearly 160,000 total participants.

“Infection Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bb), the disease most commonly transmitted by ticks, is widespread worldwide,” the researchers wrote.

“This study aims to describe the global seroprevalence and sociodemographic characteristics of Bb in human populations,” they continued.

Previous studies have found that the prevalence of tick-borne diseasesor infectious diseases caused by viruses from ticks, has more than doubled in the last 12 years.

This condition is caused by longer and drier summers due to climate change, animal migration, habitat loss, and the increasing number of humans in contact with pets.

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