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Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral meningitis caused by the tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBE virus). The virus is transmitted by ticks and is common in Europe and parts of Asia. 

Symptoms of TBE can range from mild to severe and include fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, sore throat, body aches and dizziness. In severe cases, TBE can lead to paralysis, blurred vision, difficulty swallowing and even death. 

TBE is diagnosed by a blood and cerebrospinal fluid test, which detects antibodies against the virus. There is no specific treatment for TBE, but medications such as painkillers and antipyretics can relieve symptoms. In severe cases, hospital treatment may be required.

Treatment for TBE usually involves taking antiviral medications and pain relievers to relieve symptoms. In severe cases, it may be necessary to be hospitalized to treat symptoms and avoid complications. 

There is a vaccination against TBE that is recommended in certain areas where the risk of infection is high. Vaccination can significantly reduce the risk of contracting TBE, but does not provide complete protection. So it cannot prevent all cases. If you are in an area where the risk of TBE infection is high, you should take precautions to avoid tick bites and, if necessary, find out about the possibility of TBE vaccination. 

The best way to protect yourself from TBE is to protect yourself from tick bites . This can be accomplished by wearing long pants and sleeves, avoiding tall grass, and applying insect repellent.

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