The incidence of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) infections has climbed sharply this year. The Federal Office of Public Health reported 73 early-summer meningoencephalitis infections last month alone, a significant increase from 46 to 109 cases per year for the period 2000-2017. But TBE is not the only tick-borne disease occurring in areas of the country below 1,500metres, there have also been 6,900 cases of Lyme disease. Vaccination against TBE is recommended for residents of TBE endemic areas, and for those visitors who plan activities that put them at risk of tick bites. 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. VACCINE: 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.