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Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 157, Issue 9–10, pp 228–232 | Cite as

Tick-borne encephalitis: from epidemiology to vaccination recommendations in 2007 New issues – best practices

  • Ursula Kunze
Congress Report

Summary

The 9th annual meeting of the International Scientific Working Group on Tick-Borne Encephalitis (ISW TBE) was entitled "Tick-borne encephalitis: from epidemiology to vaccination recommendations in 2007, new issues – best practices". Over the past three decades, TBE has become a growing public health challenge in Europe and other parts of the world. Between 1974 and 2003, the number of reported clinical TBE cases increased by an appalling 400 %, the only exception having been Austria. This increase is the result of a complex interplay of social, economic, political, ecological and climatic factors, the relative weight of which is not easily quantifiable. Important projects and issues for the future work of the ISW TBE have been identified, such as implementing a standardized TBE case definition, raising awareness of TBE among travellers, availability of rapid immunization schemes, increasing vaccination rates in endemic countries, and publishing information on TBE cases.

Keywords

Tick-borne encephalitis TBE Public health Epidemiology Vaccination 

Frühsommer-Meningo-Enzephalitis: von der Epidemiologie zu den Impfempfehlungen 2007 Neue Themen – beste Umsetzungen

Zusammenfassung

Die 9. Konferenz der Internationalen Working Group on Tick-Borne Encephalitis (ISW TBE) behandelte das Thema "FSME: von der Epidemiologie zu den Impfempfehlungen 2007, Neue Themen – beste Umsetzungen". In den letzten 3 Jahrzehnten ist die FSME in Europa und anderen Teilen der Welt zunehmend zu einem Problem der öffentlichen Gesundheit geworden. Zwischen 1974 und 2003 hat die Inzidenz der Hospitalisationen um mehr als 400 % zugenommen, einzige Ausnahme dieses Trends ist Österreich. Diese Zunahme ist das Ergebnis eines komplexen Zusammenspiels von sozialen, ökonomischen, politischen, ökologischen und klimatischen Faktoren, wobei der Einfluss der einzelnen Faktoren nicht leicht quantifizierbar ist. Wichtige zukünftige Themen und Projekte der Gruppe wurden identifiziert, wie etwa die Implementierung einer standardisierten Definition eines FSME Falles, verstärktes Bewusstsein gegenüber der Problematik "FSME und der Reisende", Informationen zu Möglichkeiten einer Schnellimmunisierung, Erhöhung der Durchimpfungsraten in endemischen Ländern und die Publikation von Krankheitsfällen.

Schlüsselwörter

Frühsommer-Meningoenzephalitis FSME Öffentliche Gesundheit Epidemiologie Impfung 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Social Medicine, Center for Public HealthMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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