Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE) is a travel acquired illness [16]

  • Vaccination is the best prevention strategy against TBE [5]
  • There is no specific treatment for TBE [1]
  • One third of cases can develop signs of central nervous system involvement such as meningitis [1]
  • Leisure activities can increase your risk of TBE [4]
  • 10,000 to 12,000 people per year contract TBE but this is thought to be an underestimate [1]
  • "Many of the known TBE endemic areas are among the most popular European (and increasingly, Asian) holiday destinations."16

  • "Encephalitis can be a devastating condition resulting in injury to the brain and, even where the person survives, many report not being the same again." Dr Ava Easton, Chief Executive, Encephalitis Society

  • In TBE countries where a vaccination programme has been introduced the number of cases of the disease has dropped. (World Health Organisation)1

"TBE can be prevented and I would urge people to see if the country they are going to is a risk, and if it is, to minimise this and protect themselves." Rebecca Adlington, OBE, double Olympic gold medallist and Ambassador to the Encephalitis Society, whose sister was affected by encephalitis