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Lyme Desease

Grahame_Rose
Eric Borley kindly posted the information below to those walkers in the Wednesday Saturday Walkers mailing list and it is also very relevant to our Ramblers. Thank you Eric.
 


LYME DISEASE
Lyme disease occurs when a bacterial infection is passed on by a tick bite.
Cases of Lyme disease may be three times higher than previously thought.
After a re-evaluation of data experts* believe that there may have been 8000 cases per annum between 2001 and 2012.
The disease can be notoriously difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can be vague and can be confused with other infections such as flu.
Those affected may develop a circular red skin rash, fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain.
A true diagnosis can only be made by send a blood sample to a laboratory.
Health experts warn walkers to tuck their trousers into their socks when hiking in grassy or wooded areas, avoid dense vegetation and moist, humid environments, use insect repellent on skin and clothing and check yourself for ticks afterwards.
If you have been walking in long grass or woodland and you start to feel unwell it’s best to visit the doctor.
Those affected may develop a circular red skin rash, fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain.
The disease can be notoriously difficult to diagnose as the symptoms can be vague and can be confused with other infections such as flu.
A true diagnosis can only be made by sending a blood sample to a laboratory.
If it is not treated in good time with antibiotics it can become very difficult to cure.
* (Research published in the journal BMJ Open).
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Steve
Nice to know...thanks grahame
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jackson284
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So now short pants then david