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For the first time, a TBE risk area in lower Saxony, Germany

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has identified five new risk areas for tick-borne tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in Germany. For the first time, one of these areas is located in lower Saxony. The number of TBE disease reached in 2018 the previous maximum value.

As before, the largest risk, with TBE to infect in the southern Federal States of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, southern Hesse, in the South-Eastern Thuringia and Saxony. Also in Central Hesse, Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, individual risk areas. A new risk area in lower Saxony. The RKI declared the district of Emsland to the risk area. This is the most Northern German area at risk.

Furthermore, four new risk areas are being added, all to existing risk limits: in Saxony the administrative district Saxon Switzerland-Eastern ore mountains, as well as three circles in Bavaria areas. These are the districts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen Landsberg am Lech and the city of Kaufbeuren. Overall, the RKI has TBE currently 161 circles-risk areas explained.

Not only the number of risk areas, the number of infections is increased. In the year 2018 a total of 583 TBE were reported to the RKI diseases. This corresponded to an increase of 20 percent compared to the previous year. The Institute writes in a recent report. The annual number of cases since 2001, varies greatly. The 2018er-marked value of the previous Maximum. Of the 195 cases, lowest value in the last 20 years, the RKI was recorded in the year 2012.