2 deaths due to tick borne encephalitis in Tomsk Region, Russia

There have been 2 deaths reported in the Tomsk Region due to tick borne encephalitis. So far this year, there have been 143 patients registered with this disease. The Tomsk Region has always reported some of the highest numbers of cases of this disease. Travellers in countries where tick borne encephalitis occurs should avoid tick habitats such as woods, 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.

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