Nature lovers should exercise extra caution on future trips to the UK, as a deadly tick-borne virus has been identified in several areas.
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UK health officials confirmed several cases of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), a deadly virus transmitted by tick bites, on Wednesday, according to The Guardian.
“Although the risk to the general public is low, it is important to take precautions to avoid tick bites, covering ankles and legs, using insecticides and checking clothing and the body for ticks, especially after visiting areas with tall grass,” said Dr. Helen. Callaby from the UK Health Security Agency.
The virus found in many parts of the world can cause an asymptomatic infection or a mild flu-like illness as well as a serious infection of the nervous system such as meningitis or encephalitis, a condition that causes the brain to swell.
Thus, Public Health calls for greater caution in Europe, where the virus could be outside the sectors already detected, that is, in the south and east of the United Kingdom. , in Hampshire, Dorset, Norfolk, and also in several sectors in the north in Scotland.
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