Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ramblers warned of 'hidden menace' of ticks at English beauty spots as Lyme disease cases triple in a decade

The number of Britons struck down with Lyme disease caused by blood-sucking ticks has more than trebled in the past decade.

Figures show that in 2010, 905 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Health Protection Agency, up from 863 in 2009 and 292 in 2003.

But officials estimate that with many cases not reported, the number could actually be as high as 2,000 to 3,000 a year.

The illness usually begins as a rash before causing flu-like symptoms such as tiredness and painful joints. Untreated, it can lead to temporary paralysis of muscles in the face, memory problems or, at worst, meningitis. Read More