In Germany have fallen ill in the past year, an above average number of people by ticks the summer of communicable early, tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). A report by the Robert Koch Institute according to 2018, a total of 583 cases have been reported of tick-borne encephalitis. This represents an increase of 20 percent compared to the previous year (486 cases). Also, the previous maximum value from the year 2006 out of 546 cases has been exceeded. The Robert Koch Institute has reported in addition, five new regions as areas at risk for meningitis, TBE.

for the First time, there is a TBE risk area in Northern Germany: In lower Saxony the administrative district of Emsland, more and more people were suffering from. As a further new risk for the Bavarian counties have been designated areas of Garmisch-Partenkirchen Landsberg am Lech, as well as the city of Kaufbeuren. In Saxony, the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge. Thus, there are currently 161 of the TBE-risk areas. Most of them are in the South of Germany.

experts have observed for some years, TBE-infected ticks in Germany spread from the South to the North. Presumably, the good summer had created 2018 favorable conditions for the Transmission of TBE virus.

people that could have in areas at risk contact with ticks, it is recommended to have a vaccination. Against the brain inflammation of the skin protects one from three single doses of existing immunization, which is to refresh every three to five years. According to the report, the TBE-vaccination Coverage is still inadequate. Much of the disease was preventable: 98 percent of the 2018 covered TBE patients were not or insufficiently vaccinated.


In Germany you can tick for the investigation of, for example, to the following addresses (in a glass with screw cap):

consultant laboratory for tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)
the Institute of Microbiology of the Bundeswehr (IMB)
Neuherbergsstr. 11, 80937 Munich
contact person: PD Dr. Gerhard Dobler
Tel.: 089 . 9926 9239 – 74

national veterinary medical reference laboratory for tick-borne diseases Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute
Federal research Institute for animal health, Jena
Naumburger Str. 96 a, 07743 Jena
contact person: Dr. Christine Klaus
Tel.: 03641 . 804 – 21 00

Robert Koch-Institut
Postfach 65 02 61
D-13302 Berlin
Tel.: 030 18754 0

University of Hohenheim
field of Parasitology
70593 Stuttgart
Tel.: 0711 459 22275


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