1st case of tick-borne encephalitis in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has reported its first case of tick-borne encephalitis.
The case has probably contracted this infection during a walk, near Utrecht, in the Heuvelrug area.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk for travellers is low, unless the travellers activities bring them into contact with ticks. Travellers in countries where this infection occurs should avoid tick habitats such as fields and forests where possible. Daily tick checks and prompt removal of an attached tick will help to reduce the risk of infection. Vaccination (only available in Europe) may be considered, especially if itineraries involve extensive hiking and camping in tick habitats.