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Timely tick tip-off

Date Published: 07/04/2010

We’ve just been sent the following news release and thought it well worth sharing. Do take a read:

FARMERS AND SMALLHOLDERS WARNED TO BE TICK AWARE

As the warmer weather begins, Lyme disease charity BADA-UK
(Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness-UK) is warning farmers
and owners of smallholdings to be aware of tick-borne disease as they
tend their crops and care for their livestock and working animals.

Ticks carrying Borreliosis (also known as Lyme disease) are found in
and around the UK. "Many areas with good ground cover and diverse
wildlife (such as squirrels, hedgehogs and deer) can pose a potential
risk" says Wendy Fox, Chair of BADA-UK, and a Lyme disease sufferer.
"Tick-borne disease can result in the loss of livestock, aborted young
and it can render a person incapable of working. Simple precautions
can help prevent such effects".

Tick Prevention Week, organised by BADA-UK, runs from April 12 -
April 18th and aims to provide information to help prevent ticks from
biting people and pets. It also gives advice on what to do if ticks do
attach. This year's theme of 'DO ONE THING to raise awareness'
provides lots of ideas and schools, activity clubs and specialist
interest groups are encouraged to do their bit to raise awareness.
Leaflets, posters and much more can be found at
www.tickpreventionweek.org.  

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. 

Figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) show a year-on-year
increase in cases of Lyme disease, with a marked increase over the
past 6 years from 292 in 2003 to 813 in 2008 (the latest figures).
However the HPA estimate up to 3,000 cases every year. Figures
released by Health Protection Scotland have shown a dramatic rise in
infection rates from 28 confirmed cases in 2001 to 285 cases in 2008. 
 

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