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Tick-borne Encephalitis in Switzerland

11 Oct 2017

Switzerland has recorded 214 cases (including 2 deaths) of tick-borne encephalitis from the beginning of January to the end of September 2017. This is a greater number than has been seen in recent years.

Advice for Travellers

Tick-borne encephalitis is widespread in rural areas of Switzerland. All travellers should avoid tick bites e.g. by protecting the skin with clothing, tucking long trousers into socks, insect repellents and keeping to designated pathways. Raw milk products should also be avoided.

Travellers should consider being vaccinated against TBE if they are risk of tick bites when working walking or camping in endemic areas. The vaccine available in the UK is called TicoVac and TicoVac Junior for children.

For further information see Tick-borne Encephalitis.