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Bleedin' ticks Irish holidaymakers warned after explosion of dangerous ticks on Costa Del Sol

Ticks can give you some serious diseases such as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Lyme disease, or viral encephalitis

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Irish holidaymakers were last night warned to be careful after an explosion in ticks on the Costa Del Sol.

Doctors and vets are reporting a massive increase in bites from the blood sucking parasites after an increase in their population caused by record scorching weather.

The tiny insects tend to inhabit open fields, parks, gardens, swimming pools and beaches. You are also more likely to hear them before you see them.

Twenty different species of the tiny creatures have been detected by scientists in Spain.

But the ticks can give you some serious diseases such as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Lyme disease, or viral encephalitis.

The head of the country's National Association of Environmental Health Companies, Milagros Fernandez de Lezeta said; " The progressive increase in temperatures has turned Spain into a country conducive to the spread of ticks, and the population has not stopped increasing in recent years.

"It is essential that the necessary control protocols against the species are activated both from the authorities and the public themselves.

"Ticks are often found in tall grasses, making it easy for them to attach to both animals and people when they pass by to feed on your blood.

She advised people to check their clothing, skin and hair along with your armpits, neck, waist and head if you have been in an area where the ticks live. Remove them or keep them for analysis.

Meanwhile a 2am to 7am curfew in Marbella and Estepona has been axed after the Covid numbers in both Costa towns dropped to below 1,000 cases per 100,000 of the population.

There are still Level 3 restrictions in place which means four to a table can eat indoors and six to a table outdoors.

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