Scotland Tick Warning
Visitors to the Scottish outdoors are being warned over an increase in tick-borne diseases.
Posted: 2 June 2009
The Tick Alert
campaign group is warning anyone planning to camp in Scotland
dangers of contracting Lyme
disease from tick bites
To put things in perspective, according to the BBC
there were 285 cases of Lyme disease in Scotland in 2008 compared with
only three cases in 1999, so while it's a real danger it's still
relatively unusual. The disease is spread by tick bites and begins with
a slowly expanding rash along with flu-like symptoms such as fever,
headache and tiredness. Left untreated, the disease can spread to
joints, heart and the nervous system with serious results, though it's
treatable with anti-biotics.
Ticks lurk cunningly in vegetation before latching onto passing animals
including humans, digging in and having a good glug of blood. There are
plenty of myths surrounding tick removal, but the best method is a
proper tick-removal tool which can be bought online or from vets who
sell them for use by pet owners.
These remove ticks with a twisting action ensuring that none of the
tick's mouth parts are left embedded in the skin with the potential to
cause infection. Ticks are by no means confined to Scotland in the UK
and we'd suggest that you carry a tick removal tool in your first aid
kit and keep your eyes peeled for the little critters, particularly
when wearing shorts in the summer months.
For more information on the dangers of ticks both at home and - potentially fatally - abroad and how to deal with them
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Ticks are a real problem here (edge of the highlands) but can anyone answer this; I put stuff onto the dogs and cats every month from April to October that kills the ticks when they bite and normally seems to make them drop back off (still have to remove the occational dead one), why is there nothing like that for humans?
BTW you can spot the locals round here, we are the ones wearing full length trousers, tucked into socks, long sleaves and midge nets and that's just going to the village shop. Forget nosquito, we need armour plate against the little b*****s round here .
Posted: 03/06/2009 at 04:57