By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in Ukraine are reporting a tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) case in a 39-year-old woman from Volyn Oblast in the northwestern part of the country.
In early August, the woman was bitten by a tick after a walk in the woods, which she removed on her own. In a few weeks she developed dizziness, headache, diarrhea. The body temperature rose to 38 ° C.
The next day, the woman sought medical help and was hospitalized in the infectious department. According to the results of laboratory testing, a positive result was obtained for tick-borne viral encephalitis.
TBE is an illness caused by a virus spread through the bite of an Ixodes tick.
Symptoms include fever, achiness, loss of appetite, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Swelling of the brain and/or spinal cord, confusion, and sensory disturbances occur in 20-30% of people with TBE. One percent of people die from this infection.
TBE is found in many parts of Europe and Asia (from eastern France to northern Japan and from northern Russia to Albania). Several thousand cases are reported each year, but there are probably many other cases that do not get reported. The highest number of cases occurs in Russia.