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    Tick-borne encephalitis cases increase in Switzerland
    This content was published on July 9, 2018 2:27 PM
    Jul 9, 2018 - 14:27

    A significant increase in cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) this year has been reported by the Federal Office of Public Health, which recommends getting vaccinated against the virus.

    Some 150 people have already been infected with the virus which in rare cases can be fatal since the beginning of 2018, the health authorities said in a reportexternal link on Monday.

    In June alone, 73 people fell ill with early-summer meningoencephalitis. This is a significant increase compared with figures for June for previous years, the health office wrote. From 2000 to 2017, between 46 and 109 cases were reported for the whole year.

    The blood-sucking tick is very active early on this year, it said. Significantly more people had sought treatment for tick bites or Lyme disease so far this year.

    By the end of June around 21,300 visits to the doctor concerned tick bites and 6,900 were acute cases of Lyme diseases, according to a health office projection...

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    Tick bites in Switzerland hit record levels
    This content was published on August 13, 2018 5:44 PMAug 13, 2018 - 17:44

    A record 272 cases of infections with tick-borne encephalitis have been reported in Switzerland over the past 12 months, according to the Federal Health Office.

    Compared with the same period in 2016/2017, this is an increase of three cases.

    The officeexternal link says the number of serious cases also reached record levels, to 5.39 per 100,000 people from 1.42 per 100,000 people in 2015...


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      Number of cases of tick-borne encephalitis rises sharply in Switzerland
      14/09/2018 By Le News
      In around 1% of cases tick-borne encephalitis can be deadly. It is a virus carried by ticks, which can cause brain swelling and neurological damage.
      Andrei Afanasiev |

      The period between March and November is when most people get infected, according to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Ticks become active when the temperature reaches 7 degrees. May, June and July are peak months.

      So far this year, 322 cases of tick-borne encephalitis have been reported, around 20% more than across all of 2017 and 1.7 times more than in 2008...