Friday, November 15, 2019
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New research suggests there could be over 8,000 cases of Lyme disease in the UK by the end of this year.

The research comes from a new paper published in BMJ Open and estimates cases of Lyme disease are possibly three times higher than previously thought.

It was discovered that Scotland has the highest number of cases.

Lyme disease is passed on by infected ticks and early symptoms usually include a circular red rash around the bite spot.  Although most rashes appear within a few weeks, it can take up to three months to show.

Symptoms also include high temperature, muscle pain, fatigue and headaches. As such, a lot of cases go misdiagnosed as something else.

The report stated that the results should lead to increased awareness of the need for preventive measures.

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