Two residents of Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, have died from tick borne encephalitis (TBE) according to the regional division of Rospotrebnadzor [Federal Service for Consumer Protection and Human Welfare]. Both cases had not been immunized against TBE and did not receive emergency serum therapy. They remained in an intensive care unit with assisted ventilation for one month but never recovered.
Since the beginning of the TBE season, 42,488 people have sought medical treatment following tick bites. This is 73.8 percent more than the average annual figure and 45.2 percent above than the 2010 total.
So far 10,124 people have received full TBE immunization this year. In 2011, so far, there have been 492 suspected TBE cases of which 19 were confirmed by laboratory analysis – a 10 percent increase over 2010.
Source: Uralpolit.ru [English translation of original Russian article]