In July 2016, the first autochthonous case of tick-borne encephalitis was diagnosed in the Netherlands, five days after a report that tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) had been found in Dutch ticks. A person in their 60s without recent travel history suffered from neurological symptoms after a tick bite. TBEV serology was positive and the tick was positive in TBEV qRT-PCR. TBEV infection should be considered in patients with compatible symptoms in the Netherlands.

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De Graaf, J.A. (Joris A.), Reimerink, J.H.J, Voorn, G.P, De Vaate, E.A.L.B. (E. A. Liesbeth Bij), De Vries, A. (Ankje), Rockx, B, … Hira, V. (2016). First human case of tick-borne encephalitis virus infection acquired in the Netherlands, July 2016. Eurosurveillance, 21(33). doi:10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.33.30318