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Travel: Tick-borne encephalitis resource unveiled

Exclusive Guidance on how to prevent tick-borne encephalitis has been summarised in a new resource. 

The resource, released by the Tick Alert organisation, gives practice and travel health nurses a "one stop" reference for TBE information and advice. 

Recently the Department of Health's Green Book was updated to recommend that travellers to rural and forested areas in spring and summer should be vaccinated. 

The viral disease, which is endemic in 27 European countries, affects up to 12,000 people per year. 

At-risk traveller groups, disease symptoms, long-term consequences and the effectiveness and safety of pre-travel vaccination and tick bite avoidance measures are described in the presentation. 

It is designed to be used either as an educational tool or to assess risk for travel patients. 

Sandra Grieve, an independent travel health specialist nurse and former chair and travel health lead for the RCN Public Health Forum reviewed the content. 

She said: “Medical guidelines and recommendations have been updated in recognition of the growing public health challenge that TBE represents.

"However there is still a lack of awareness among nurses and other healthcare professionals about the risk for UK travellers in contracting TBE, its long-term health consequences and the need to consider vaccination more thoroughly.”

An informational video on tick-borne encephalitis is available exclusively on the Nursing in Practice website. To update your knowledge, click here

For more information visit the Tick Alert website