North Yorkshire County Council has sent out a timely reminder to be vigilant about ticks and Lyme’s Disease. It is reproduced with permission from NYCC here in full:
Cases of Lyme disease in the UK have been dramatically increasing in recent years. It is important that people who spend a lot of time outdoors are aware of ticks and the risks they can bring, as well as what to do if you do get bitten. There is currently no vaccination against Lyme disease. Prevention is key.
Bushcraft and Survival expert Ray Mears has joined the fight against Lyme disease by lending his support to tick-borne disease charity BADA-UK (Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness-UK).
Tick Bite Prevention Week, (held this year 11-17th April 2011), is an annual programme which helps promote awareness of tick-borne diseases and effective tick bite prevention for at-risk groups.
3,000 get the disease
According to the Health Protection Agency, up to 3,000 people contract Lyme disease (Borreliosis) from the bite of an infected tick each year in the UK. As a victim of Lyme disease himself, Ray understands the importance of being aware of ticks and the diseases they carry, and of the preventative measures that can be taken to help prevent ticks from biting people and pets.
“I feel that there is not enough awareness of Lyme disease in this country, given the fact that in rare cases it may become chronic”, Ray said.
Ticks are present in urban parks and gardens as well as the countryside, and in rare cases Lyme disease can develop into a critical condition.
Lyme disease is transmitted via the bite of an infected tick and can lead to serious complications including damage to the nervous system, joints, heart and other tissues.
Did you know that tick saliva contains an anaesthetic which means you don’t feel the bite?
http://www.tickbitepreventionweek.org/ offers advice on what to do if bitten and how to stay protected in the warmer months.