Every summer, the number of tick bites goes up, and with it, the number of cases of lyme disease.
Official estimates put the number of new UK cases each year at around 3,000, but Lyme disease charities say the figure could be as high as 15,000 annually because so many people do not have their condition diagnosed. In some cases, this may be because people don’t realise they’ve had a tick bite.
Others may think their early symptoms are just an infection and, in other cases (where there is no rash present), the condition can be misdiagnosed by doctors.
Around one in four ticks carry the bacteria Borrelia, which causes the disease. Help protect yourself from Lyme Disease by watching this video!