Early sign of tick borne encephalitis season in Kirov Oblast, Russia

There are early signs of the beginning of the tick borne encephalitis season in Russia. In the Kirov Oblast, at least 349 people, including 73 children, have sought care for tick bites. The number of victims is growing exponentially.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers in countries where tick borne encephalitis 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.