Fourty-seven Moscow parks and 12 recreation areas sprayed for ticks

Fourty-seven Moscow parks and 12 recreation areas sprayed for ticks
About 1,500 hectares in Gorky Park, Losiny Ostrov, Patriarshiye Ponds and other sites have been sprayed with pesticides.

In all, 1,480 hectares have been sprayed for ticks (Acari), according to the Moscow office of the Federal Supervision Service for Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor).

Pesticides were used in 47 city parks and public gardens, including:

- Yekaterininsky Park;

- Gorky Park;

- Neskuchny Sad;

- Muzeon Arts Park;

- Vorobyovy Hills;

- the Moscow Zoo;

- Petrovsky Park;

- Izmailovsky Park;

- Kolomenskoye;

- Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve;

- Bibirevo ethnographic village;

- Losiny Ostrov park, and more.

Pesticides were used at 12 recreation areas – Lake Beloye, Lebedyansky Pond, the Grand Palace (Kuskovo) Pond, Serebryano-Vinogradny Pond in Izmailovo, Cherkizovsky Pond (Shitov Embankment), Shibayevsky Pond, Verkhny (Upper) and Nizhny (Lower) Kuzminskiye Ponds, Mazilovsky Pond, Kalitnikovsky Pond and Novodevichy and Patriarshy ponds.

Seventeen children’s camps and recreation centres and 31 urban cemeteries have also been sprayed.

In addition to the acaricide treatment, deadwood and last year’s grass were removed and deratisation was carried out to reduce the number of wild rodents.

“An awareness campaign has been conducted regularly in Moscow to prevent infections transmitted by tick bites,” a spokesperson for Rospotrebnadzor’s Moscow Directorate commented.

Pesticide applications have been underway in Moscow. In addition, extra measures are taken when cases of mite bites are reported.

Every year from April to October, parks and forest parks, potential habitats of Lyme’s ticks, are inspected by specialists from Rospotrebnadzor’s Moscow Directorate and the city’s Centre for Hygiene and Epidemiology. The arachnids’ tracking routes have been determined in parks and woods in all the city’s administrative areas.

Over the past five years, mites have been found in the Zelenogradsky, Eastern, Northwestern and Western administrative areas.

These arachnids can transmit infectious diseases, including viral encephalitis (endemic to the Dmitrovsky and Taldomsky districts in the Moscow Region), Lyme disease, tularemia, anaplasmosis and Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (HME). An infection can occur when the parasite sucks the blood or when scratching the bite. Another source of infection is raw, mostly goat, milk since the parasites feed on cattle as well.

As of 30 May 2017, some 3,203 people sought medical help for tick bites compared to 4,228 in 2016. The most common scenario for bites is a trip to the Moscow Region and other regions in Russia. Seventy-eight cases of Lyme disease have been recorded versus 142 in 2016. All of them happened outside Moscow.

No HME cases have been reported in Moscow this year. Free vaccination against this type of parasite infection is available at clinics. In 2017, as many as 13,813 people have been vaccinated so far.