ticks and human beings are much alike; they both suck and feed on others. istanbul is under a progressive tick attack according to the latest news which seems just another excuse, sorry, reason for foreigners to avoid stepping foot to this land. we must do our best to confront the vexed hearts so here i go giving the good news:
the northern hemisphere has already been infested with these tiny creatures for many years now and in europe, japan, scandinavian countries, russia and north america a considerable amount of them carry an astonishing range of infective agents from viruses to single-celled parasites. every year the percentage increases slowly but definitely.
since ticks are the major transmitters of disease between animals and humans -even more than mosquitoes and tsetse flies- and the only cure science can offer is antibiotics for lyme disease and immunoglubin injections for encephalitis (both being the most common and lethal thick-borne infections) only soon after bite, what remains to do is wearing long socks/sleeves and avoiding infamous areas.