Tick borne encephalitis increasing in the Sverdlovsk region, Russia

There are reports of an increasing number of persons infected with tick borne encephalitis in the Sverdlovsk region. So far there are 284 hospitalized with this infection. Ticks are very active in this region with over 25,000 people reporting tick bites. There have been 2 deaths in the region, one each in the towns of Yekaterinburg and Krasnouralsk.

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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.

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