Ticks are spotted in one of Italy’s most famous art galleries. The art museum was forced to call pest control for the second time in a week, after an employee was hospitalized due to a tick bite. These parasites are relatively common in northern Italy and are prevalent to cause Lyme Disease in humans. A guard spotted the first tick which led to an extensive disinfestation of the entire museum. However, the extermination proved to fail when an employee was bitten later on that week.

A second extermination has taken place since and no damage has been done to the paintings. The [museum]  is open as usual again as the entire museum undergoes an “extraordinary cleaning effort”, as the museum described it in an announcement.


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