Experts are urging people to stay safe this spring as a rare disease is on the rise in the UK.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a spiral-shaped bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. The infection is predominantly spread to humans through the bite of an infected tick.
Sometimes, ticks can transmit multiple infections through a single bite, and these can cause more severe symptoms. The government estimates there are around 3,000-4,000 cases of Lyme disease every year in England and Wales. However, research published in 2019 showed that real numbers could be at least three times higher.