Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a human viral infectious disease that affects the central nervous system. It occurs in parts of Europe and Asia. It is transmitted through the bites of infected ticks. Ticks are usually found in wooded areas. These ticks are indeed found in the UK
Approximately ⅔ of people who are infected by TBE will not have any symptoms. However, symptoms can start up to 28 days after infection. Symptoms are:
These symptoms last around five days. For around a Week to a month, there will then be no symptoms. After this time, an illness can follow which can be fatal that infects the brain and the spinal cord. Symptoms include:
Tick-borne encephalitis is diagnosed through the detection of IgM antibodies in cerebrospinal fluid gathered through spinal tap. An ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) is a plate-based assay technique used to detect certain peptides, proteins, antibod es and hormones which could denote tick-borne encephalitis infection.
Tick-borne encephalitis is preventable. The vaccine is between 96% – 99% effective. Getting the vaccine in combination with the following additional measures can assist in preventing Tick-borne encephalitis:
Anna Pharmacy has the Tick-borne encephalitis vaccine available in Sutton, Hackbridge, Wallington, Carshalton and Croydon.