European Commission decision to add tick-borne encephalitis to the list of communicable diseases to be covered by epidemiological surveillanceArchived
On 5 September 2012 the European Commission decision amending Decision 2000/96/EC as regards tick-borne encephalitis was published. As a result tick-borne encephalitis is added to the list of diseases to be covered by epidemiological surveillance within the Community.
Tick-borne encephalitis is a tick-borne disease of humans that can cause long-term neurological disabilities and up to 1.4 % fatal outcomes. The disease can be prevented by vaccination. Tick-borne encephalitis therefore fulfils the criteria set in Annex II to Decision 2000/96/EC.
ECDC comment, 13 September:
Adding TBE to the list of diseases under epidemiological surveillance within the Community and the adaption of a common case definition are important steps towards the harmonization of TBE surveillance in Europe. The EU wide collection of comparable data will enable to better identify key risk areas and follow trends. This is essential for the development of appropriate preventive measures such as vaccination for residents and travellers to areas at risk.
High burden of tick-borne encephalitis in Slovenia-Challenge for vaccination policyArchived
11 Nov 2011 - Slovenia is one of the countries with the highest reported incidence rates of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). Vaccination uptake is low, estimated to be 12.4%. TBE surveillance data for the last 20 years were analysed.
Microclimate and the zoonotic cycle of tick-borne encephalitis virus in SwitzerlandArchived
11 Nov 2011 - The focal distribution of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) appears to depend mainly on cofeeding transmission between infected Ixodes ricinus L. nymphs and uninfected larvae.
Tick-borne diseases in the Republic of CroatiaArchived
11 Nov 2011 - This study analyses occurence, trendline, occurence by months and geographical distribution of tick-transmitted diseases: Lyme borreliosis, Tick-borne meningoencephalitis (TBM) and Mediterranean spotted fever in the Republic of Croatia in the period between 1999 and 2008.