Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection spread by the bite of a small spider-like parasite called a tick. Spread by the bite of an infected tick and rarely, via unpasteurised milk from infected cows, sheep and goats. Travellers at risk include those planning to walk, camp or work in long grassy or wooded areas for long periods especially during spring, summer and autumn months as this is when the ticks are most active.
Symptoms can include:
- flu-like symptoms – temperature, headaches, body aches, tiredness
- changes in mental state, such as confusion, drowsiness or disorientation
- seizures (fits)
- sensitivity to bright light (photophobia)
- paralysis inability to move or speak
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