Virus detection in questing ticks is not a sensitive indicator for risk assessment of tick-borne encephalitis in humans.

  title={Virus detection in questing ticks is not a sensitive indicator for risk assessment of tick-borne encephalitis in humans.},
  author={Pawel Stefanoff and Martin Pfeffer and Wiebke Hellenbrand and Justyna Rogalska and Ferdinand Ruehe and Anna Mak{\'o}wka and Jerzy Michalik and Beata Wodecka and Anna Rymaszewska and Dorota Kiewra and Anna Baumann-Popczyk and Gerhard Dobler},
  journal={Zoonoses and public health},
  volume={60 3},
Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is the most important tick-transmitted arbovirus causing human disease in Europe, but information on its endemic occurrence varies between countries because of differences in surveillance systems. Objective data are necessary to ascertain the disease risk for vaccination recommendations and other public health interventions. In two independent, separately planned projects, we used real-time RT-PCR to detect TBE virus in questing ticks. In Poland, 32 sampling… CONTINUE READING
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