Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)
The risk of getting tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is much lower than the risk of getting Lyme disease. Only a small number of ticks are infected with the virus. TBE may be mild, but it can sometimes also lead to serious complications.
TBE is a flu-like viral infection that can sometimes lead to meningitis. TBE infections are very rare. A total of about 485 cases of TBE (both mild and severe forms) were reported in Germany in 2017 – with most occurring in the southern German states of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Although TBE usually clears up without any lasting health problems within one week, symptoms may last for months. Serious complications are much more common in adults than they are in children. In most children, the course of the disease is mild and long-lasting consequences are very rare.