Tick-borne encephalitis complicated by a polio-like syndrome following a holiday in central Europe

Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 1996 Aug;98(3):262-4. doi: 10.1016/0303-8467(96)00030-3.


We report a case of Central European tick-borne encephalitis (CETE) in a 54-year-old man, presenting with fever and neurological complications following a holiday in Austria. A disease resembling paralytic poliomyelitis may develop with upper and lower extremity paralysis, as is the case in our patient. Our patient was most likely infected by eating goat's cheese, made of unpasteurised goat's milk. The diagnosis was confirmed by a positive IgM antibody response to the virus in the serum.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Austria
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Encephalitis, Tick-Borne / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Encephalitis, Tick-Borne / complications*
  • Extremities / physiopathology
  • Foodborne Diseases
  • Goats
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin M / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Milk / adverse effects
  • Paralysis / complications*
  • Paralysis / physiopathology
  • Poliomyelitis / diagnosis*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Immunoglobulin M