Reliable surveillance of tick-borne encephalitis in European countries is necessary to improve the quality of vaccine recommendationsArchived
In July–November 2009, 26 European Union Member States, Norway and Iceland, participated in a survey seeking information on national tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) vaccination recommendations.
Stefanoff P, Polkowska A, Giambi C, Levy-Bruhl D, O’Flanagan D, Demattè L, Lopalco PL, Mereckiene J, Johansen K, D’Ancona F, the VENICE project gatekeepers, contact persons group. Vaccine 2011; 29: 1283–1288.
Information on TBE surveillance, methods used to ascertain endemic areas, vaccination recommendations, vaccine coverage and methods of monitoring of vaccine coverage were obtained. Sixteen countries (57%) reported presence of TBE endemic areas on their territory. Vaccination against TBE was recommended for the general population in 8 (28%) countries, for occupational risk groups in 13 (46%) countries, and for tourists going abroad in 22 (78%) countries. Although vaccination recommendations for country residents and for tourists always referred to endemic areas, there was no uniform standardized method used to define endemic areas. For this reason, clear recommendations for tourists need to be developed, and standardized surveillance directed to efficient assessment of TBE risk need to be implemented in European countries.The article is available upon subscription.The detailed survey report is available at the VENICE website: http://venice.cineca.org/final_report_TBE_19-01-2011.pdf
European Commission decision to add tick-borne encephalitis to the list of communicable diseases to be covered by epidemiological surveillanceArchived
18 Sep 2012 - 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 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.
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.