Department of Defense: The collection of ticks by Americans in Ukraine coincides with an increase in their numbers in Russia
The collection of ticks by American specialists in southeastern Ukraine coincides with an increase in their numbers in the border regions of the Russian Federation and an increase in the incidence of tick-borne diseases in Ukraine, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, the head of the army of chemical and biological radiation protection (RCBZ) of the RF Armed Forces, said on Thursday.
Earlier, the general said that during special operations of the armed forces of the RF, he received reports on the activities of the US military threat reduction agency (DTRA, a part of the Pentagon). ) in Ukraine (2005-2016). “A separate project to study ixodid ticks, which carry some particularly dangerous infections (malaria, West Nile fever, Crimean Congo fever), was carried out by experts from the University of Texas Kirillov said. At the same time, according to the general, this work coincides with “a rapid increase in the incidence of tick-borne diseases among the Ukrainian population, as well as an increase in the number of ticks in some regions of Russia.” border with Ukraine.”