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Posted Apr 14 2011 4:37pm
The Health Protection Agency is advising people to take care when visiting areas where ticks are present, to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of catching Lyme disease.

Latest provisional figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show there were 953 laboratory-confirmed cases of Lyme disease reported in England and Wales in 2010. The majority of these cases were acquired in the UK rather than overseas, with two-thirds of cases identified among residents in the South of England.

According to Centres for Disease Control in USA and Dr Ho Yen from HPA in Scotland the actual figure of people infected by Lyme Disease is more likely to be in the region of 10x that of serological positive tested cases so nearly 10000 cases in England and Wales last year. I don't have the figures for Scotland yet.

Advising people on the HPA website to take care of being bitten by a tick is just not good enough more publicity needs to be done by our Health Authorities.

Currently it is the patients and the UK charities that are raising awareness of this debilitating and often painfull disease. Thank you to BADA UK for the latest drive for Tick Bite Prevention Week and for getting information into various newspapers recently including

The Independent 'Lyme disease nearly made me come indoors,' says Ray Mears

The Daily Mail Survival expert Ray Mears reveals how simple tick bite nearly ended his career

Shame on our Health Protection Agency for their failure to raise public awareness.

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