Threat of tick borne encephalitis in Russia

Summer is the season for intensified tick activity in Russia. Ticks carry infections such as tick-borne encephalitis virus, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), and other diseases. So far there have been 139 cases of tick born encephalitis registered in Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Kostroma, Tver, Pskov, Kaliningrad, Novgorod, Sverdlovsk, Kurgan, Kirov, Kemerovo, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk and Altai, Perm, Trans-Baikal and the Seaside Territories, Republic of Komi, Karelia, Tatarstan, Altai, Khakassia, Buryatia, Tuva, Bashkortostan, and St. Petersburg.

There are reports of widespread tick bites (more than 235,000 people, including 57,600 children).

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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.