Friday 24 May 2019

Warning on ticks link to Lyme disease

POTENTIALLY debilitating Lyme disease is on the rise in humans after being carried by ticks from the blood of deer and sheep, writes Anne Lucey.

Kerry County Council is asking for a national campaign to raise awareness among GPs and the public, after a number of anecdotal reports of an increase in cases.

Leaflets have also been distributed to visitor centres of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The HSE South confirmed there had been cases of the "generally mild" but potentially debilitating disease in the Cork and Kerry region.

However as it was not a notifiable disease it was impossible to say with accuracy how many cases there were.

Ticks are usually present in forests, in long grass, in heather and non-pasture land.

Irish Independent

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