World health day 2014: small bite, big threat
The World Health Day on 7 April is this year raising awareness on vector-borne diseases under the title "Small Bite, Big Threat". The Community Health Centre Ljubljana has organised several activities to mark this occasion.
The Community Health Centre Ljubljana units have set up information points with experts lecturing advice on repellent use and giving out brochures.
On Monday, 7 April 2014, the passers-by were given information on vector-borne diseases (e.g. ticks, mosquitos, flies, etc.) also in the Prešeren Square on the City of Ljubljana, the Community Health Centre Ljubljana and Lekarna Ljubljana pharmacy chain stall.
Each spring Slovenian health institutions tend to expose the risk of contagion with the tick-borne meningoencephalitis virus, as Slovenia is one of the endemic areas and according to the disease occurrence rate ranks among the European countries with the highest incidence rates. The infected ticks are present in the entire Slovenian area, but mostly in the Gorenjska and Koroška regions and the central part of Slovenia. People with tendency to outdoor activities or work in nature are mostly exposed to risk.
The World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 whose aim is to encourage individuals around the world to improve their health and well-being.