more than 14% of the world’s population has been victimized, according to a study

According to the compilation published in the journal BMJ Global Health, Central Europe has the highest infection rate with 20%. And men over 50 living in rural areas are most at risk. To show how common Lyme disease is around the world, the researchers identified 137 eligible studies – out of a possible 4,196 – and pooled data from 89 of them.

Central Europe, Asia, Western Europe…

In 14.5% of the approximately 160,000 participants in total, antibodies against the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) were found in the blood. “This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date systematic review of global Bb seroprevalence,” the study says. After Central Europe, the regions with the highest antibody rates are East Asia with 15.9%, Western Europe with 13.5% and Eastern Europe. Is with 10.4%. The Caribbean has the lowest rate, with only 2%. Previous research had shown that the prevalence of tick-borne diseases had doubled in the past 12 years.

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