Watch out, ticks about!
Many, if not most, of those working in the countryside will have come across ticks, but it is worth emphasising the need for awareness as tick-borne human disease is spreading in the UK. Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, is by far the most common human pathogen carried by UK ticks and the reservoir of these bacteria is mainly small rodents and birds. Another borreliosis has also recently been confirmed in UK ticks.
Find out more about this debilitating illness from Lyme Disease Action and how you can avoid it during tick bite prevention week here