Country profile: Italy. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)

Country profile Graph Map Data set
Period: 01 Jan 2000 - 01 Jan 2010

TBE incidence in Italy is very low and is restricted to the central and north eastern part of the country.

Overview of TBE surveillance in Italy



Type of surveillance


Type of reporting

Not well defined

Type of data recorded


Cases routinely reported

All symptomatic cases (including tick-borne fever)

Case definition


Provision of surveillance data

Aggregated (2001–2010)

Estimated sensitivity of surveillance

Regional, fair sensitivity

Reference laboratory

Department of Infectious, Parasitic and Immune Mediated Diseases, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome 

The data is published in the report 'Epidemiological situation of tick-borne encephalitis in the EU and EFTA'. The report was a first effort to collect existing data on TBE in EU/EFTA countries. The data, covering the period 2000–2010, were collected from different sources using different case definitions, time scales, and spatial units and do not reflect the complete picture and complexity of the epidemiology of this disease.

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