Tick-borne encephalitis advice

Cases in humans is unknown; however, there is evidence of some risk.


Using insect bite avoidance measures can reduce the risk of transmission of tick-borne encephalitis:

  • Keep limbs covered – wear long-sleeved tops and trousers that can be tucked into socks for added protection. Clothing can be sprayed with a suitable insecticide such as permethrin.
  • Insect repellents should be applied to exposed skin.
  • After walking in risk areas the body should be checked visibly for ticks. If a tick is found, it should be removed as soon as possible by gripping it as close to the skin as possible, preferably using a pair of tweezers, and pulling away slowly. Take care not to squeeze the tick.
  • Travellers should avoid drinking or eating unpasteurised dairy products in risk areas.