Lyme disease is a disease that is spread by ticks and it is mostly found in forests and moorland. Therefore, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has requested hikers, ramblers and campers to be cautious while they visit to such areas.
In 2010, around 905 cases were confirmed suffering from this disease, whereas in 2002 only 340 cases were registered. But according to health experts, most of such cases do not get registered. They claim that the actual number of people suffering from Lyme disease every year must be between 2,000 and 3,000.
The symptoms of this disease are similar to those of flu and if these are not treated on time, they can sometimes also result in muscle pain, joint swelling and paralysis of facial muscles.
According to HPA, it is UK where maximum numbers of cases have been noticed. Southern England is on top of the list.
From April 1, the Tick Bite Prevention Week begins and some common precautions that are suggested to all those living in or nearby tick-infested areas are requested to wear long-sleeved shirts, insect repellents and regular skin checks.
As said by Dr Hilary Kirkbride, the head of zoonotic infections at the HPA: “With the warmer weather upon us, more people will be planning outdoor activities. Being active outdoors is great for our health, but as this is also the time of the year ticks become active, taking some simple precautions can help to keep you and your family safe from tick bites and reduce the risk of Lyme disease”.
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