Travel Tips for March 30th

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When traveling to Central and Eastern Europe, including Scandinavia, remember to be cautious of tick bites. In countries such as Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Sweden there are ticks that will bite humans and infect with the virus that causes Tick-Borne Encephalitis. One may also acquire the virus from drinking unpasteurized milk of infected goats, sheep or cows. Most cases occur between April and November, in forested areas while biking, camping, fishing and performing other outdoor activities. There is no vaccine in the United States but there are vaccines available in Europe. The CDC recommends avoiding tick bites (wear long sleeves, bug repellant) and avoid unpasteurized dairy products.

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