New tick-borne encephalitis virus hot spot in Northern Zealand, Denmark, October 2019

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  • Charlotte N. Agergaard
  • Maiken W. Rosenstierne
  • Bødker, René
  • Morten Rasmussen
  • Peter H.S. Andersen
  • Anders Fomsgaard

During summer 2019, three patients residing by Tisvilde Hegn, Denmark were hospitalised with tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) after tick bites. A new TBE virus (TBEV) micro-focus was identified in tick nymphs collected around a playground in Tisvilde Hegn forest. Estimated TBEV prevalence was 8%, higher than in endemic areas around Europe. Whole genome sequencing showed clustering to a TBEV strain from Norway. This is the second time TBEV is found in Ixodes ricinus outside Bornholm, Denmark.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuro surveillance : bulletin Europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Denmark, Ixodes ricinus, meningoencephalitis, Northern Zealand, phylogenetic analysis, Tick-borne encephalitis, tick-borne encephalitis virus

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