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TICKBORNE encephalitis (TBE) is currently a growing public health concern in Europe. An average of about 9000 reported human cases of TBE per year was recently reported for Europe and Russia between 1990 and 2007 (Donoso Mantke and others 2011).
Until now, no cases of TBE have been reported from Belgium or from other countries such as the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, the UK, Ireland and Iceland. In 2011, serological screening in Belgian sentinel dogs detected one TBE-seropositive …