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Saturday, 20 May, 2023

Lyme disease: The lives ruined by a bite from a tick – BBC News

It’s hard to overstate the impact Lyme disease has had on Vicky Hamlin. Once a keen traveller and athlete with a full social life, the 38-year-old says she rarely leaves her bed, hardly sleeps or eats, has lost her savings, her career and social life.

A bacterial infection passed on to humans by ticks, Lyme disease can be treated if detected early. Miss Hamlin, from Cheltenham, said it took years for her to get a proper diagnosis.

“I haven’t been able to eat a proper meal in five years,” she said. “I eat snack-size portions because my digestion has been severely affected.”

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