Tuesday 20 March 2018

Councillor calls for signs highlighting dangers of Lyme disease as former Kerry footballer undergoes treatment

Lyme Disease is transmitted to people by infected ticks
Lyme Disease is transmitted to people by infected ticks
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A Kerry councillor is calling for the erection of signs highlighting the dangers of Lyme disease.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Norma Foley said signage was urgently required to warn people of the dangers posed by the disease which is transmitted by tick bites.

When raising the issue at the county council meeting, Cllr Foley cited the plight of a former Kerry inter-county footballer who is currently being treated for the disease in America.

Father-of-one Anthony Morris is reportedly undergoing a nine-month course of IV antibiotics to treat the disease.

A number of fundraisers were held this year to raise money for the family to relocate to Washington while the treatment is being carried out.

“We need to encourage people involved in outdoor pursuits to be vigilant,” Cllr Foley said.

“We should show leadership in this county about the risks involved”.

Ms Foley said “signage would be of great benefit” and encourage people to deal with tick bites promptly.

Other councillors have claimed that Killarney National Park has a high incidence of ticks with Lyme disease.

The most common sign of infection is a rash which develops about a week after the bite.

Other symptoms include fever, headache and joint pains.

Medical experts advise covering the skin and using insect repellent to protect from tick bites.

Responding to Cllr Foley’s request, Kerry County Council said it would discuss the issue with the HSE and provide any assistance the executive required.

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