Encephalitis is an infectious disease which harms the brain. It is spread to people through tick bites and has unfortunately recently been identified in ticks in the UK for the first time.

Public Health England (PHE) says it has confirmed cases of tick-borne encephalitis virus in ticks from two parts of England – Thetford Forest and an area on the Hampshire-Dorset border.

Ticks are becoming more common across many parts of the UK, largely due to increasing deer numbers. Being bitten by one doesn’t necessarily mean you will become ill. It is extremely important that you visit a doctor promptly if you feel ill after a tick bite. This should also be reported to the Woodland Trust through out incident form found on the homepage of Whittle. 

Risks are low, and if we are following the precautions we should be already for Lyme disease, then managed.