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Ray Mears Highlights Increased Risk Of Lyme Disease In UK PDF Print Email

 

Cases of Lyme disease in the UK have been dramatically increasing in recent years so 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 for 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, which runs from 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.
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.
A dedicated website has been launched offering advice on what to do if bitten and how to stay protected in the warmer months at www.tickbitepreventionweek.org.
• Information leaflets are also available upon request to health workers.
• 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.
• More information about Lyme disease and BADA-UK can be found at www.bada-uk.org.

Cases of Lyme disease in the UK have been dramatically increasing in recent years so 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 for 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, which runs from 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.


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.
A dedicated website has been launched offering advice on what to do if bitten and how to stay protected in the warmer months at www.tickbitepreventionweek.org.

• Information leaflets are also available upon request to health workers.


• 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.


• More information about Lyme disease and BADA-UK can be found at www.bada-uk.org.