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  • Tick-borne encephalitis cases increase in Switzerland

    Source: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/health-...land-/44245878

    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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