Increase in TBE cases from tick bites

Increase in TBE cases from tick bites


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TBE cases almost doubled due to tick bites

The number of meningitis caused by a tick bite has risen again in Bavaria. Almost twice as many people were infected with TBE (early summer meningoencephalitis) in 2013 compared to the previous year in the Free State. Experts advise vaccination.

Number of cases almost doubled in Bavaria The meningitis caused by a tick bite has risen again in Bavaria. In 2013, the number of people infected with TBE (early summer meningoencephalitis) almost doubled compared to the previous year. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there were 175 reported TBE cases in Bavaria last year. In the previous year there were 90 cases and in 2011 178 illnesses were counted. Therefore the association FSME-Netzwerk advised on Tuesday in Nuremberg to get vaccinated.

Experts advise vaccination As neurologist Frank Erbguth from the Nuremberg Clinic said, according to a message from the dpa news agency, it is a “roulette” to get the TBE virus after a tick bite. Statistically, two to five percent of ticks carry the virus. In contrast to Lyme disease, which is also transmitted by ticks, there is no therapy for the cause of TBE. Only relief from flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache or vomiting is possible. Experts therefore advise residents of high-risk areas and also those who vacation there to be vaccinated in order to protect themselves against the viral infectious disease.

TBE virus attacks the nervous system Even if an infection is usually mild, the TBE virus attacks the central nervous system in humans, affecting the brain, meninges and spinal cord. In severe cases, paralysis, impaired consciousness and extreme pain can occur in those affected. Patients very rarely die from the consequences of an inflammation of the brain or brain. However, the chairwoman of the TBE network, Evelyn Bachmann, warned: "Those who spend a lot of time outside should protect themselves." She fell ill eight years ago, saying that the pain was unbearable. "It was a nightmare to stay awake," said the 52-year-old. Like after a stroke, she had to learn a lot again. "It was unclear whether I could run again," said Bachmann. (ad)

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