You will need
  • - extracted a tick.
The main vector of tick-borne encephalitis - ticks. They are especially active in may and June. Therefore, in these months when walking through the forest, you should apply the funds, frightening blood-sucking, and coming home, inspect yourself, clothes, things for the presence of these insects.
If you are bitten by a tick, carefully remove it. This procedure is best done in the clinic and then send the tick for analysis. The incubation period of this disease can range from several days to three weeks, because you need to carefully monitor their well-being. As emergency help you can enter a specific tick immunoglobulin, if passed no more than two days since the bite.
The severity of the disease depends on the degree of pathogenicity of the virus. In mild febrile form of encephalitis, there is a General intoxication of the organism. From it starts severe headache, body aches, fever up to 38-40 degrees. The fever may last from two to seven days. The symptoms are easily confused with the common flu, so if they came a few days after the tick bite, it is necessary to address urgently to the hospital. There will conduct the necessary tests. This is usually a lumbar puncture and blood tests for the presence of antibodies to tick-borne encephalitis. Thus it is possible to diagnose the disease with high accuracy.
If the virus gets to the meninges, then after a few days of calm starts the second wave of fever, more strong and heavy than the first. Added neurological symptoms of brain damage, such as rigidity of muscles of occiput, Kernig's signs and Brudzinskogo (while trying to straighten a bent in the knee joint of the leg it is not suitable, there is an involuntary flexion at the knee of the other leg), light and soukoban. In the laboratory appear moderate CSF lymphocytic pleocytosis, increased protein. With timely treatment prognosis is favorable, often there comes a full recovery.
If the virus affects the body's neurons, there is coma, hallucinations, paresis and paralysis of muscles depending on the depth and the affected area of infection. Changes in blood and CSF was significant. With this severe disease can occur death or disability. So do not neglect the prevention of tick-borne encephalitis and the time to contact your doctor.