Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease

Killarney National Park, a popular day trip from Ballincollig, is a special interest place going by the above criteria and in particular the deer population.  Though beautiful to look at and a great attraction to the scenic routes in Kerry, deer may also pose a very serious threat to human health.  Deer populations harbour ticks and as I’ve already said ticks can carry Lyme disease.  Ticks are very tiny and they have an anaesthetic in their jaws so you may not even know you have been bitten.

You can get more local information on Ticks and Lyme disease from www.ticktalkireland.org and www.irishhealth.com search for Lyme disease.

Lyme disease also known as Borreliosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria which is spread by ticks.  Transmission from person to person or directly from other animals do not occur.  The disease is commonly reported during the summer months.  The disease was first recognised in Lyme, Connecticut when a large cluster of children developed arthritis.

Lyme disease effects many systems of the body including skin, joints, nerves, heart and occasionally the eyes.  The most common sign of infection is an expanded area of redness on the skin which can occur from one day to one month after a tick bite.  (Only one third of patients are aware of the bite which most commonly occurs in the groin, the thigh and underarm).  Such target lesions (bull’s eye rashes) are characteristic of Lyme disease.  Other common symptoms are non-specific

  • High temp
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Swollen glands
  • Severe tiredness
  • Abdominal pain

In Ireland, the risk of infection is especially high in geographical areas where humans, animals and ticks come together.

Seek professional help if suspected tick bite.

 

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