Cases of tick borne encephalitis registered in Germany

Authorities of the Robert Koch Institute have recorded an increase in the number of reported cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE - brain inflammation). To date, a total of 369 cases have been reported. Increased exposure is the result of an increase in the tick population due to weather conditions in the 2010/11 winter, a warm spring, a moist summer and warm fall. The weather has encouraged an increase in outdoor activities with resulting increased risk.

Travellers in Germany who engage in outdoor activities such as camping and hiking should take all necessary precautions to avoid tick bites. Vaccination against TBE should be considered.

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