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Travel Health Advice - Tick-borne encephalitis

Tick-borne encephalitis

What is it? The tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) virus initially causes flu-like symptoms which progresses into a second phase of fever in 10% of cases. During this phase encephalitis can develop into paralysis or death. How is it transmitted? From the bite of infected ticks. Where is it present? Large parts of Europe, particularly Austria, the Baltic States, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Russian Federation. It occurs mostly in the summer months in rural and forest areas at altitudes up to 1,000 metres. Level of risk? Within the endemic area risk increases when hiking or camping in rural areas. Severity of symptoms increases with age. What can I do to prevent getting it? TBE vaccine is recommended. When hiking take precautions to avoid getting bitten by ticks.

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