Experts on Monday warned that growing numbers of disease-carrying ticks were “moving North” to Britain and as far as Scotland due to warmer and wetter conditions linked to climate change.
If left untreated it can lead to heart problems, temporary facial paralysis, seizures or even death.
Faced with a dramatic surge in the number of cases, which have tripled in the past decade, experts at the French Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA, have launched an application called Signalement TIQUES – French for “tick alert”.
Symptoms can include a bull’s eye red shaped rash, tiredness, muscle pain and headaches.
Lyme disease attacks the nervous system.
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Why this adorable mouse is to blame for the spread of Lyme disease
as informed in Jones, who has studied the connection between acorn production and Lyme disease in oak forests in the eastern United States, said that the more acorns there are in the fall, the greater the risk of Lyme disease to humans two years later.
Unlike typical gray house mice, white-footed mice, known as Peromyscus leucopus, are tawny brown, aside from the white that covers their bellies and feet.
There are about 30,000 reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC reported that in 2015, 95 percent of Lyme disease cases that were reported came from 14 eastern states.
That resulted in many infected tick nymphs this year and a high risk of Lyme disease for humans, he said.
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