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Ticks carrying virus which can affect the brain found in Norfolk woodland

A virus which can affect the brain has been found in ticks in the UK for the first time – including a woodland area in Norfolk.

Public Health England said surveillance has detected tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) in a small number of ticks in two parts of England, in Thetford Forest and an area on the border between Hampshire and Dorset.

The risk to the general population, however, is currently assessed as very low.

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