Tick borne encephalitis alert in Germany

Although the number of reported cases of tick borne encephalitis (TBE) in Germany decreased last year, there are 141 districts where there is a risk of exposure to the ticks that carry the disease. The Standing Commission on Vaccination Recommendations (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute recommends vaccination against TBE for people who live or work in areas at risk of TBE and who are at risk of tick bites. The vaccine against TBE is only available in Europe.

Travellers to Germany where TBE 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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Tick-Borne Encephalitis.

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