Cases of tick borne encephalitis in Italy

Sporadic cases of people infected with tick borne encephalitis virus have been reported in San Martino.

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Advice For Travellers

This infection occurs in Central and eastern European countries, as well as Italy and north Africa. The risk for travellers is low, unless the traveller’s 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.

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