Tick borne encephalitis and Lyme Disease in southern Urals Region, Russia

Since the beginning of the tick summer season in the Chelyabinsk and Tyumen Oblasts, there have been 36 cases of tick borne encephalitis reported. In addition, 53 people were infected with Lyme Disease. Over 17,500 people sought care for tick bites.

Travellers in this area 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. Travellers who plan to hike or camp in fields, woods or forests should obtain vaccination against tick borne encephalitis virus.

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

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