This year, confirmed tick-borne encephalitis infections have been more prevalent than in 2017 – about 20 percent more, according to a news report. The year-to-date case count has climbed to 332, with most of those in the cantons of ‘Zurich (59 cases), Bern (48), St. Gallen (30) and Aargau (27)’. Read more
Advice for travellers
A viral infection, tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) can cause fever, vomiting, cramps and paralysis, which can be prolonged. In rare instances, infection can be fatal. Travellers who spend time in regions where TBE is endemic – mainly forested areas of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Northern China, and Mongolia – may be at risk. The highest risk is during the warmer months from April to November, especially when hiking or camping in areas below 1500m. While safe and effective vaccines are available in Europe, none are licensed in Australia; however, vaccination can be obtained by a medical practitioner through a Special Access Scheme. Read more about TBE.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.