Risk of tick=borne encephalitis may increase in southern Germany

In southern Germany, the highest number of ticks that transmit tick-borne encephalitis ever found in the month of March has been recorded this year. With an increase in the tick population, the risk of exposure to tick-borne encephalitis may increase 2-3 times for persons involved in outdoor activities.

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Advice For Travellers

Tick-borne encephalitis virus infections begin in the spring and continue on through the summer. The higher than usual numbers of ticks are an early warning of the potential risk of exposure to this virus.

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 woods, 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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