HOLIDAYMAKERS AT RISK OF DEADLY EUROPEAN VIRUS
TENS of thousands of holidaymakers from the region heading
for Europe this summer are being warned of a potentially
life threatening disease. Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE) that can
lead to meningitis and in serious cases result in paralysis and
death, with about 1 in 30 cases proving fatal. TBE is now endemic in
16 established and emerging holiday hotspots.
Figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show that over 115,000
holidaymakers flew from Liverpool airport to TBE endemic countries
last summer. Now the Tick Alert campaign is launching Tick Awareness
Week, which runs from 8 May to 14 May 2006, to highlight the dangers of
infections that ticks can cause including TBE abroad and Lyme
disease in the UK. The chances of being bitten are greater as global
warming increases the number of ticks in the countryside.
TBE at risk groups include all visitors to rural areas of endemic
countries, particularly those participating in outdoor activities
such as trekking, hiking, climbing, cycling and camping, popular
pursuits on family and active holidays, who have not taken bite
prevention precautions. It is estimated that there are over 3,000
cases of TBE each year in endemic countries.
Central and eastern Europe is fast becoming a popular family and
active holiday destination with UK visitors to Hungary up by 47% in
the summer of 2005 compared to the same period in 2004. Similarly
visitors to Poland rose by 92%.
Tick diseases are not only found abroad. Families planning camping
and activity holidays in rural areas of the UK are being urged to
protect themselves against Lyme disease which is estimated to affect
up to 2,000 people a year.
The Foreign Office advises that visitors to TBE endemic regions seek
advice from their local surgery or clinic, well before travelling.
Further information on the endemic regions of Europe and latest
advice for travellers is available at
driving standards and guzzling 4x4’s slammed…
SHOCK figures released this week show that 67% of car drivers
would like to see people who ‘tailgate’ recycled, while 46%
of those questioned, wanted to see middle lane drivers turned into
something useful! In addition, 58% of people wanted to see MOT
failures destroyed, while 35% of drivers over the age of 55 wanted
all 4x4’s crushed, according to a survey published by
The survey was conducted to coincide with the launch of the
reycycleyourcar.co.uk which is an initiative, designed to aid drivers find their
nearest Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). The End of Life
Vehicles Directive (ELV) has recently come into force in the UK,
stating that ELVs can only be processed by ATFs.
There were some interesting anomalies, highlighted by the poll,
between the sexes. Men were 3 times more likely than women to know
how many cars the UK disposed of. The regions also saw differences
of opinion. Those from the South West were twice as likely to know
that an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) was the best place to
dispose of a vehicle, than the rest of the country put together.
Elsewhere, over half of Midland drivers questioned wanted to crush ‘souped
up’ cars, or ‘chav’ cars as one respondent put it. In the
East of the country, this figure dropped to just over 10%. Yet,
people in the East were almost 10 times more likely to want to crush
flash supercars than people in the South. And it seems that
Midlanders are the most critical drivers. Of the people questioned
by the survey, 82% of them wanted to see people who tailgate
recycled. Drivers who use their beam lights inappropriately also
came in for scorn from Midland drivers, with 56% admitting to a
dislike of such road users, against a more stoic 12% in the South.
Recycleyourcar.co.uk’s Derek Campbell, is not surprised by results
of the survey:- “People seem to be getting less and less
tolerant of the behaviour and choices of others when it comes to
matters of the road. Perhaps we all need to be just a little more
tolerant. People need to be more aware, not only of the throwaway
nature of modern society but also the best way to dispose of a
vehicle. And, finally, we’re not sure about the one person
who, when asked where they would go to dispose of a vehicle,
suggested he would get a friend to steal it, burn it and then claim
it back on the insurance. Or the people who wanted to crush all
French cars, or those who saw no use for Rover drivers, or pizza