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Switzerland: 2020 Tick-borne Encephalitis

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  • Switzerland: 2020 Tick-borne Encephalitis


    Doubling of cases of tick-borne encephalitis reported
    All parts of Switzerland are concerned except Geneva and Ticino. Keystone / Sigi Tischler
    The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has received 215 reports of tick-borne encephalitis in Switzerland since the beginning of the year.
    July 13, 2020 - 14:39

    This is more than twice as many as last year, when 97 cases were reported. Ticks are known to be most prevalent during the summer months. It is likely that favourable weather conditions, coupled with social distancing rules, have prompted many to venture into forests, the FOPH says by way of explanation. It is also possible that semi-confinement measures have prevented some people from being vaccinated.

    The estimated number of consultations in June for a tick bite has surpassed the number logged in 2018, a record year. All cantons except Geneva and Ticino have been affected...

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    Another nasty tick borne disease and surprisingly widespread.
    A friend from Lithuania was felled by it last month and although he has mostly recovered, he noted quite a few other victims in his hospital, one of whom has died.