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RIVM warns of increasing tick bite cases in the Netherlands

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RIVM warns of increasing tick bite cases in the Netherlands

RIVM warns of increased tick bites in the spring. Bite cases have increased, especially in the Drenthe region.

The Institute of Public Health and Environment ( RIVM ), affiliated to the Ministry of Health, announced that according to around 80 thousand applications to the institution, tick bites have increased especially in the Drenthe region , and that citizens should be more careful, especially in forest areas. 

In a statement on Monday, RIVM noted that according to the applications received via the Tekenradar.nl site, the least number of cases in the country was seen in the Gelderland region and the lowest number of cases in the Zuid Holland region.

Citizens who applied to the Tekenradar site, which was established about 10 years ago, report the region they are in and the cases of tick bites they live.

According to the applications coming to the site, the region with the most tick bites so far is the Gelderland region with 14 thousand 679 cases. 

This region is followed by Noord-Brabant with 8 thousand 238 cases and Noord-Holland with 7 thousand 207 cases. However, when looking at tick cases compared to the number of citizens residing in a province, Drenthe comes first with 215 tick bite cases. 

In Zuid Holland, where 149 notifications were made per 100,000 people, the least number of cases were reported.

Most tick bites occur during the summer months, especially in June and July. It is stated that approximately 1.5 million cases of tick bites occur in the  Netherlands every year .

Stating that Lyme disease is diagnosed in 27 thousand cases of tick bites per year, experts state that the tick bite often creates a red ring or spot on the skin, but in some cases it causes more serious complaints in the nervous system or joints. 

Antibiotic treatment is applied in these diseases and can be cured with a short-term treatment, but a longer-term treatment is required in one thousand to one thousand five hundred people every year.

You can visit Tekenradar.nl site to get information about the tick bite, how the tick can be removed from the body and what it can do afterwards.

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

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AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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