The Spread of Lyme Disease has Quadrupled over 12 years in the UK
While it is nice to be out getting fresh air in the countryside or park, there is something to be increasingly wary of, ticks. From 2001 to the most recent available numbers for 2013, the NHS’s figures record 1,100 people who had confirmed Lyme disease in 2013. This is four times the number it was in 2001.
Ian Burgess, an Entomologist and the Director of Insect Research and Development and National Lyme Disease Testing Service both believe this number is actually much higher than the NHS figures. They believe there could be tens of thousands of people who have contracted this disease.
This bacterial infection has been called the “greatest threat to public health”. These ticks are often found in rural and woodland areas, but have recently been more populous in urban parks. Some believe this is due to the ever increasing deer population who often carry ticks. Others associate it with the climate change and warmer and wetter weather.
Those that have been bitten may not see any symptoms for up to 3 days which may include fever, headaches, joint pain and potentially neurological damage and chronic fatigue if left untreated. The initial bite will be noticeable as a circular rash will appear.
If you do believe you have been bitten and may have contracted the disease, visit your GP right away. If treated early enough, a course of antibiotics should take care of it. It takes 36 hours for the bad bacteria to get into your system.