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Tick bite app

On 7 April 2014 during the national Tick Week, RIVM launched the tick bite app. After the launch on Android, a version for iOS followed in July 2014. The app has been downloaded almost 30,000 times.

Why an app

Lyme’s disease can largely be prevented by checking for tick bites when you are outdoors in green areas. It is important to know how and when to check for ticks. This is especially the case for people who are frequently outdoors or who are bitten by ticks more often than others, especially children, forest workers and other green workers, and older people who are frequently in the garden.

The app is very handy for these people and for parents. As well as information on how to check for ticks and how to remove them, users can receive a tick diary to record tick bites. They can receive a reminder to check the place where they were bitten. People can also see where ticks are active via their mobile and on http://www.tekenradar.nl/Image of Tick bite app on mobile phones

The components of the app are based on the wishes of potential users (user centred design). This was done using a specific method developed by Twente University, and the target group checked each step in the development. 

Europe

Various countries have shown interest in developing an app for Europe wide, based on the Dutch tick bite app. Currently, the potential is being investigated.

More information

The tick bite app can be downloaded free by Android users from the Google Play Store and by Apple users from the App Store. 

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