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Advice about tick-borne infections, protecting yourself against bites and vaccination.
Pest control guidance
The sheep tick (Ixodes ricinus) has many different names in Norway but is usually known as ‘flått’ or ‘skogflått’. It sucks the blood of birds and mammals, including humans, and can transmit disease.
Combating ticks in nature is difficult. You can prevent tick bites - dress properly, use insect repellent on clothes and be careful where you walk in tick areas.
Remove the tick as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
Lyme borreliosis is the most common tick-borne disease in Norway and Europe. Borreliosis is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato that can be transmitted by tick bites.
TBE virus occurs in many places in Europe, and has established itself in the coastal districts of southern Norway in recent years.
Diseases spread by tick bites are an increasing problem in Norway. Lyme borreliosis and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) are the most common, but other diseases can also be spread.