FAQ
Log In
Monday 5th December 2016
News
 › 
 › 

Warning issued about Lyme disease

6th May 2010

The Health Protection Agency has issued a warning about the risk of Lyme disease.

With most cases of Lyme disease reported in the UK acquired in this country, the HPA is warning that late spring, early summer and autumn are peak times for tick bites.

It says this is primarily because people start walking, trekking and mountain biking in the warmer weather.

With between 2000 and 3000 cases of Lyme disease occurring every year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the HPA has issued advice on how to help prevent bites and what to do if a tick is found, to reduce the risk of catching Lyme disease.

Infected ticks are most common in forests, heaths, moorland areas and in suburban parkland and primarily in the southern counties of England, though there have been examples where Lyme disease has been acquired in the Yorkshire moors, Lake District and Scottish highlands.

While most ticks do not carry Lyme disease, it is best to remove a tick – which is the size of a poppy seed - promptly to lower the risk.

To minimise the risk of being bitten by an infected tick, the HPA said appropriate clothing such as a long-sleeved shirts and long trousers tucked into socks should be worn in tick-infested areas; people should use insect repellents; inspect their skin regularly and in particular check head and neck areas of children; and ensure pets do not bring ticks home on their fur.

The HPA has helped The Royal Parks produce a leaflet about reducing the risk.

 

Share this page

Comments

Joanne Drayson

Friday 7th May 2010 @ 10:22

The NHS Map of Medicine recognises that there are two standards of care for patients with chronic illness following Lyme Disease that of IDSA which HPA in general follow but also that of The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society www.ilads.org

This year there will be a medical conference on 12th June in London at The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
details found on ILADS website.

This is the first of it's kind in London where doctors specialising in Tickborne illness as well as Lyme Disease will be presenting from USA, France, Germany and the UK.

There are a growing number of doctors here in the UK who are finding patients are responding to long term antibiotics for chronic illness following tick bites.

Further information about Tick borne illness can be found on ILADS website and UK charity website www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk

Anonymous

Sunday 9th May 2010 @ 10:35

Lyme is already rife in the UK but still relatively unheard of or else people have the misconception that it is rare. I was bitten by a tick in Bushy Park (one of the Royal Parks) in 2007, where I used to walk regularly to see the deer and beautiful scenery. I was blissfully ignorant due to NO warning signs about ticks. I am glad to hear that leaflets and hopefully signs at the entrances will now be available.
These bugs can transmit different types of bacteria and parasites, and yet the NHS tests are still not very reliable or sensitive. The Lyme bacteria Borrelia, has over 300 strains alone, and European strains include B.Garinii and B.Afzelii, yet we continue to test for the US strain, B.Burgdorferi (which of course, we can still contract). I had to go private and get my blood sent to the US to detect these European strains!

Websites - www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk and www.bada-uk.org give invaluable information on tick borne diseases.


Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Mayden - Innovative cloud-based web development for the healthcare sector
© Mayden Foundation 2016