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Public health

Tick-borne encephalitis hits record number this year

Published onsdag 8 augusti 2012 kl 10.05
There are a record number of TBE reports. Photo: Leif R. Jansson/Scanpix

The Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control has received a record number of TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) reports this summer, Swedish news agency TT reports.

As of August 6, 105 cases had been reported to the agency, eight more cases compared with the same period last year.

The cases are spread over 13 counties, with most of the cases reported in Stockholm, Sörmland and Västra Götaland, the agency says in a press statement.

Tick-borne encephalitis is a virus transmitted by ticks. It can cause a variety of symptoms including fever, headache, and fatigue, as well as serious neurological problems.

TBE was first observed in Sweden in 1950.

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