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Edwin Symes: 'I have met loads of people in farming who have the disease'.

Edwin Symes: 'I have met loads of people in farming who have the disease'.

Edwin Symes: 'I have met loads of people in farming who have the disease'.

A farmer whose whole life changed forever when he was bitten by a tick that caused him to catch Lyme disease has warned the farming community that they are the most vulnerable to suffer from the dangerous infection.

Edwin Symes, who rears 120 cattle and 400 sheep outside Wicklow town, says that he was bitten by a tick on a forestry plantation he owns in Scartaglen, Co Kerry in 2014 and that the side-effects of the disease impacted his body immediately.

"I noticed the bite and the symptoms occurred straight away. I got compulsive night sweats, pains in all my joints and neck and then neurological affects came in. I just wasn't myself."


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