Bristol classed as high risk zone for lyme disease – here’s all you need to know – Bristol Live

The warm weather has led to increased warnings about ticks and the risk of catching lyme disease as Bristol is labelled a high risk zone.

Families out for the day and dog walkers are being warned about the chances of ticks attaching themselves and spreading the debilitating disease which hits 3,000 people each year.

Bristol and the surrounding area has been placed in the high risk category on the UK Tick Threat Map and BBC Countryfile featured the risks of ticks and the disease on Sunday’s episode.

Presenter Tom Rawson looked at what is being done to fight lyme disease, a debilitating illness that affects up to 3,000 people a year and is often transmitted through a single bite from an infected tick. You can see the programme on the BBC website.

And it’s not just animals that ticks bite, although the ticks that bite humans are not easy to spot, reports Gloucestershire Live.

The insects are the size of a pinhead, and while most are harmless, they can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Tick bites may not be itchy or painful, making them easy to overlook or ignore.

Most tick bites happen in late spring, early summer and autumn because these are peak feeding periods for ticks and the time of year when most people take part in outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping.

Former England rugby star Matt Dawson, who told last year how he had to undergo heart surgery after contracting Lyme disease from a tick.

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