“If it (note: the weather) continues to be this mild, we can count on more TBE cases coming in,” Marika Hjertqvist, an epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency, says.
In the last five years, the FHM has seen a substantial increase in TBE cases – a trend that looks set to continue.
Number of cases on the rise
“We have looked at how climate change may affect infectious diseases in the future, and we have seen that TBE has already increased very much,” Hjertqvist says, adding that other factors can also explain the increase.
There are recommendations in place on TBE vaccination for people who live or often stay in areas with a high risk of infection.
“Ticks crawl around on your body before they bite, and in some cases, you can catch them before they bite you,” Hjertqvist says.
The regions that usually have the highest number of TBE cases are Sörmland and Uppsala, according to the FHM.