Both Lyme Disease and Tick-borne encephalitis occur in Kalingrad, Russia

About 1.5 percent of the ticks that are examined after removal from people are carrying the virus for tick-borne encephalitis. Last year, there were 11 recorded cases of this disease, along with 137 cases of Lyme disease (more than the national average). The cases of tick-borne encephalitis were reported from 6 regions of Kaliningrad, including the city itself, Svetlovsky, Nesterov, Nemansk, Slavsk, and Gusev.

Both of these infections are transmitted through tick bites. However, there is a vaccine for tick-borne encephalitis. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to these infections by avoiding tick habitats, especially when hiking or camping in fields and forests. Daily examination of the skin and prompt removal of an attached tick will help to reduce the risk.

Vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis (only available in Europe) may be considered, especially if itineraries involve extensive hiking and camping in tick habitats.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Encephalitis.

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