Range of taiga tick increased in Finland, Russia and Sweden

The range of the taiga tick has increased in Finland, Russia and Sweden. In Sweden, the tick is present in 9 localities in the Bothnian Bay area (out of 36 localities). The taiga tick can carry the virus that causes tick-borne encephalitis.

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Advice For Travellers

With the expansion of the area inhabited by ticks that carry tick-borne encephalitis, the risk of exposure for travellers also expands. However, the risk for the general traveller 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.