Ticks that carry the FSME virus are found mainly in the south and animals with Lyme disease are everywhere. There is no vaccination so antibiotics are the only treatment and cure for Lyme disease (borreliosis).
The initial symptoms are similar to those for `flu but organs can also be affected by the virus and there can be other problems too like muscle and joint pains, disturbed vision and dizziness.
So when you are out hiking, always wear long trousers and long-sleeve shirts and use protective anti-insect sprays. When you return from a walk, inspect your body for ticks, including in the creases. If you do come across a tick, you must remove it immediately. Using tweezers, grasp its head and gently pull upwards (do not twist it). Disinfect the area. One can send the tick to a laboratory and have it tested to see if it is a borreliosis carrier.
If borreliosis is present, a course of antibiotics is the only solution although naturopathic treatments such as acupuncture for example can be a useful back-up aid.