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15 vital things you need to know about Lyme Disease

New advice has been given by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellent (NICE) to help doctors quickly spot Lyme disease, so they can offer people NHS treatment as soon as possible. Saul Faust, Professor of paediatric immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Southampton and chair of…

Tick with tick remover

Doing this will reduce the risk of Lyme disease

Q: I stalk frequently in a wood and heathland area where there is a lot of bracken and when I get home, I often find ticks both on the roe that I shoot and on  myself. I am concerned about the risk of Lyme disease. Is there anything I can…

Scottish gamekeepers back new Lyme disease measures

The Scottish Parliament is considering improvements to testing and treatment for Lyme disease, thanks to a petition supported by gamekeepers and grouse moor managers. The Tick-borne Illness Campaign Scotland seeks to limit the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. It calls for medical professionals in Scotland to be…

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Lyme disease symptoms – what you need to know

A growing prevalence of tick-borne diseases – including Lyme disease – has put them high on the list of public enemies. Unfortunately, ticks now pose a direct threat to humans, and the problem is on the rise. Spread to England from the USA Lyme disease is caused by an infection…

Lyme disease in dogs

Are ticks and keds the same?

A: No, they are quite different, though both are found on deer and can be present at the same time. The tick we see in the UK (Ixodes ricinus) can be found on a variety of animals and birds and is most notorious for transmitting Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis, both of which can infect a range of…

Lyme disease in dogs

Beware of ticks

In recent weeks the weather has been both warm and wet. I keep a rain gauge in my garden: in the first six months of this year, I recorded over 400mm, more than twice as much as in the same period in 2015. Having so much rain has been frustrating, as my favourite summer walks have…