TBE – Switzerland

With 215 reports of tickborne encephalitis (TBE) in Switzerland, the number of cases has doubled this year.

This is more than twice as many as last year, when 97 cases were reported.

Ticks are known to be most prevalent during the summer months. It is likely that favorable weather conditions, coupled with social distancing rules, have prompted many to venture into forests.

Prevention is by avoiding tick bites, but a vaccine is available.

All cantons except Geneva and Ticino have been affected.

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infectious disease involving the central nervous system. Long-lasting or permanent neuropsychiatric consequences are observed in 10 to 20% of infected patients.

The number of reported cases has been increasing in most countries.

Photo: Sheep ticks (Ixodes ricinus), such as this engorged female, transmit the disease.

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