Ticks are parasites that live by sucking blood from wild animals and humans. Tick-borne encephalitis is a type of viral encephalitis which is caused by a virus spread through tick bites.
You will find ticks usually in forests and rural areas where there are large areas of vegetation. Those who are completing recreational activities in these areas e.g. hiking, walking and camping are most at risk
Risk areas for Tick-borne encephalitis
You will find Tick-borne encephalitis commonly in three regions of the world:
People who are more likely to contract tick-borne encephalitis while abroad will do so in spring, summer and early autumn.
Symptoms usually occur without delay.