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Iceland : Ticks are here to stay.

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Published July 4, 2015

Ticks in Iceland are likely here to stay, according to Vísir.is.

Entomologist Erling Ólafsson told Vísir that all indications point to ticks now being a more or less permanent part of Iceland’s ecosystem, saying that they have been found all over the country, apart from the highlands.

As reported, there were concerns last year that ticks were becoming endemic. Icelanders were advised by the Directorate of Health on how to safely remove ticks a person might find on themselves, and Erling adds that people can also visit The Icelandic Institute of Natural History with the tick intact, in order to help scientists with their research.

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