Czechs register highest number of TBE cases in EU

The Czech Republic has the highest number of tick-borne encephalitis cases in the EU. TBE is a mild to fatal viral infection which affects the central nervous system. Last year doctors registered 861 cases; 5 people died of it. As compared to 2010 the number of infected was up by 48 percent. Despite repeated doctors warnings only around a fifth of Czechs get vaccinated against TBE, as compared to 80 percent of the population in neigbouring Austria.