North West Forestry Society warning that tick bites could result in Lyme Disease
7:20am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in NW
A WARNING has gone out that has been bitten by ticks that they at risk of having picked Lyme disease.
The Royal Forestry Society North Western Division chairman John Chapman advises: "The risks of catching Lyme Disease remain very small, but people should be aware of symptoms in much the same way that most people know about the dangers of leptospirosis or Weil's disease from river waters. It should not deter people from enjoying the countryside and nature, but being aware may prevent later illnesses developing."
In the UK, Lyme disease is spread by ticks which carry bacteria from the Borrelia family. The ticks can live on woodland plants and animals including sheep and deer.
Lyme Disease can easily be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated symptoms can including joint ache, extreme fatigue, flu symptoms and can become progressively more serious leading to viral-like meningitis, facial palsy, other nerve damage or arthritis.
For more details on Lyme disease, its symptoms and precautions see http://www.rfs.org.uk/files/Ticks_Lyme_Factsheet_v3_190912_0.pdf or go to www.rfs.org.uk and follow the Get involved and Information for Visitors links.
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