Increase in tick borne encephalitis in Slovakia

The number of people diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis has increase in Košice. So far 27 infected patients have been hospitalized while another 5 patients are being monitored by doctors at outpatient departments.

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Advice For Travellers

Although ticks are the main vectors that transmit this virus to people, individuals can become infected by consumption of unpasteurized milk and milk products coming from infected animals. In this outbreak, goat cheese is probably the source of these infections.

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 consumption of unpasteurized milk as well as 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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