A TICKING OFF

Ticks. Copyright Lyme Disease Action
Ticks. Copyright Lyme Disease Action

A new illness similar to Lyme disease has been recognised, says a report in the Daily Telegraph. Spread via ticks it causes headache, fatigue and muscle aches and a recurrent fever which may return after apparent recovery. First identified in the US where 18 cases were identified in 2013, the causative bacterium Borrelia miyamotoi has now been detected in ticks in the UK by Public Health England scientists at Porton Down. Although found only in a few ticks so far, it must be a concern that the bacterium may spread within the UK tick population. This may add to the difficulty of correctly identifiying tick borne diseases in the UK especially as the illness could be mistaken for ‘flu leading to a delay in administering antibiotic treatment. This only emphasizes the necessity of keeping up with those tick checks after a happy day seeking controls in the bracken.