Epidemiological situation of rickettsioses in EU/EFTA countries
This report characterises the different reporting systems for tick-borne rickettsioses in EU/EFTA countries and identifies and assesses the current epidemiological situation of these diseases. It is the first attempt to collect existing data on rickettsioses in EU/EFTA countries.
Tick-borne rickesstioses epidemiology in EU and EFTA countries
Most of the cases of rickettsioses are reported from Italy, Portugal and Spain. In the most affected countries rickettsioses commonly occurred among males. The age distribution of cases was variable with cases among persons younger than 9 years and older than 60 years in Portugal and the older age group more affected in Spain.
Facts about rickettsiosis
Rickettsiosis/rickettsioses are a group of diseases caused by the bacteria Rickettsia. Most of the Rickettsioses are transmitted by ticks.