Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia, a spirochete bacteria and can occur when bitten by an infected tick.
Disease-carrying ticks can be found in woodland and heath-land areas as well as cities and gardens throughout the UK.
Symptoms can start with a bulls-eye rash, however, it is reported that a rash only appears in two out of every three Lyme patients and the rash may not always appear straight away. Additional symptoms can include malaise, unexplained flu-like symptoms, soreness and achiness, light and noise sensitivity, cognitive problems, fatigue, a stiff neck, facial palsy, numbness, and tingling.
If caught early, Lyme disease can be easier to treat, enabling the patient to return to full health. The longer an infection is left untreated, the greater the risk of long-term health issues.
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Current BDS Supported projects - Lyme borreliosis (LB) is tick-borne and can cause serious disease with the UK annual diagnoses trebling over the last two decades (Marcu et 01., 2013; Dillon et 01.,2010). Those working in farmland/forestry or having contact with animals (including deer) in high hazard areas are at greatest risk (HSE, 2010).