Dr. Wilhelm Pacher, Veterinarian, A-9821 Obervellach, Austria
It gives me great pleasure to share some practical experiences from my work at this 46th International BICOM Congress in Fulda in 2006.
Borreliosis, an infectious disease occurring worldwide and caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi (after its discoverer Wilhelm Burgdorfer in Lyme, USA), represents a particular threat to animals and humans in Alpine countries. The disease is transferred to animals and humans by ticks infected with Borrelia. The pathogen lives in the tick’s intestine and is transferred through saliva. Up to 60% of ticks in Alpine valleys have Borrelia in their intestines which obviously represents a big potential threat.
The disease usually progresses through three stages, the first of which, local reddening (Erythema migrans), can easily be overlooked in animals. Subsequent symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite and feverish outbreaks with temper...