Tick-borne encephalitis

Tick-borne encephalitis is caused by a virus of the flavivirus group, most commonly transmitted by the common tick (Ixodes ricinus). The virus can be transmitted by all developmental stages of the tick, i.e. larvae, nymphs and adults. Tick-borne encephalitis can also be contracted by the food route after ingestion of unpasteurised cow's, sheep's or goat's milk from infected animals.

In animals, infection is often asymptomatic. The most common clinical signs are fever, lethargy and, in more severe cases, nervous signs (increased sensitivity, muscle twitching and even paralysis of the limbs).


MVDr. Jitka Horníčková
+420 604 917 488


Tick-borne encephalitis testing uses specific PCR methods to detect the virus.

Samples suitable for PCR testing: tick, unpasteurised milk

Molecular biology

RNDr. Alexander Nagy, Ph.D.
+420 770 118 897

Molecular biology

Ing. Lenka Černíková, Ph.D
+420 770 118 896


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