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Lyme Disease

Disease Fact File

Distribution and Transmission

Lyme disease is transmitted by tick bites. The ticks live on a range of small animals like rodents and birds and larger animals such as deer and dogs.

It is present in Europe (particularly through Scandinavia) and North America (particularly the eastern coast).

Signs and Symptoms

Following an infected bite a rash can occur and spread. This happens 2-6 weeks after the initial bite. Long term symptoms can include neurological (nerve) problems, meningitis, arthritis and dementia.

Recommendation for Travellers

Avoid Tick bites and seek medical treatment especially if you are in a risk area.


Antibiotics can be used to treat the illness.

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