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Brits urged to protect themselves against Lyme disease

Published on 09/04/2010
As summer approaches, health charity Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness-UK (BADA-UK) has warned Brits of the risks posed by ticks, which are often found in parks and countryside.

Borreliosis, also known as Lyme disease, is transmitted via the bite of an infected tick and can result in serious health problems such as damage to the nervous system, joints, heart and other tissues.

Wendy Fox, chair of BADA-UK, said: "Many areas with good ground cover and diverse wildlife (such as squirrels, hedgehogs and deer) can pose a potential risk."

The most recent figures from the Health Protection Agency show that there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of Lyme disease cases, with a significant rise noted between 2003 and 2008. It is estimated that the condition affects up to 3,000 people every year.

In response, the charity is set to launch Tick Prevention Week from April 12th to 18th, with a view to raising awareness of the disease and its risks to long-term health.

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