Diagram of a woman in the forest illustrating where on the body to look for ticks.

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) virus is most commonly spread to people through the bite of an infected tick. Ticks that spread TBE virus live in or near forests in parts of Europe and Asia. The best way to prevent TBE is to protect yourself from tick bites. Use insect repellent and treat clothing and gear with 0.5% permethrin. Inspect your body and clothing for ticks during and after outdoor activities.

To avoid getting TBE from infected dairy products, avoid eating or drinking unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheese from goats, sheep, or cows in affected areas.

Get vaccinated before traveling, if vaccination is recommended for you.