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Lyme Disease

British Lyme Disease Foundation

Lyme Disease Association

Tick Prevention Week - Lots of information on how to protect yourself and your family.  Points out that ticks are tiny as you often see enlarged photos.

Lyme Disease FAQ

Lyme Disease Foundation

Fears over Lyme Disease as ticks flourish - Daily Mail

Lyme Disease - BBC 1999

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is an infection caused after being bitten by Ticks. Lyme disease is caused by an infection from a micro-organism (Borrelia burghdor feri) and is transmitted by a bite from the wood tick, a blood-sucking parasite which normally lives on deer.

Lyme disease can be extremely serious if not treated early.  Symptoms can appear to suggest other illnesses.  If you have been out in boggy grassland, hills, mountains or forest and get an infection that appears to be like flu or another illness but takes longer than normal to clear up go to your GP.

Wear long trousers and tuck them into your socks or wear gaiters where ticks might be around.

Remove ticks carefully with tweezers or a special tick removal tool and try to get it all in one go without breaking it.  Do not burn it off with burnt matches etc as this may make the tick regurgitate infected blood into your system.

Check your family especially children who have been out in areas where ticks may be found.  Ticks look for warm moist areas on your body so check in the crotch and arm pits.  Tick bites cannot be felt as they inject an anaesthetic type fluid when they bite.

All ticks do not carry Lyme disease so you do not always have to worry.  Areas where deer and sheep are around are more likely to have ticks.  However sheep are regularly dipped to prevent tick infection so there may be few around.  wild deer on the other hand are not dipped and there is likely to be higher rates in those parts of the country with deer such as the Highlands but deer are found in many areas these days including parkland near many major towns and cities.