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UK reports 1st case of rare tick-borne disease |  Metropolises

UK reports 1st case of rare tick-borne disease | Metropolises

Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) can cause a severe central nervous system infection such as meningitis or encephalitis.

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed the first human case of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV). In a statement released Wednesday (5/4), the agency says the risk to the population is “extremely low,” but recommends people avoid areas of forests and swamps with high concentrations of arachnids.

Risk assessment is based on human and virus detection in ticks in different parts of the country. UKHSA Deputy Director Meera Chand said: “Our surveillance suggests that tick-borne encephalitis virus is very rare in the UK and the risk to the general public is very low. In the report.

Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) can cause anything from asymptomatic infections, to a mild flu-like illness, to a severe central nervous system infection such as meningitis or encephalitis.

“Ticks also carry many infections, including Lyme disease. So take steps to reduce the chance of being bitten outdoors in areas where ticks thrive, such as swamps and forests, and remember to check for ticks and remove them immediately,” Meera warns.

The UKHSA has recommended changes to testing in hospitals so that new cases can be detected more quickly. The government will increase surveillance by monitoring asymptomatic individuals in areas where TBEV has been detected.

Since 2019, only three cases of tick-borne encephalitis have been recorded in the UK, but authorities believe the virus may also be present in other animals, as tick species that carry the virus are common in the UK. UK and European countries among others.

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symptoms

Symptoms include high fever with severe headache, pain when looking at light, neck stiffness, mental confusion or loss of consciousness.

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