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Lyme disease

Got a bite while on a trip to the countryside or walking in the park? Dr Dawn Harper helps us identify when a simple insect nip could turn out to be more serious

DR DAWN’S medical notes…

WHILE A PICNIC in the country or a walk through fields seems an idyllic way to spend an afternoon, there could be danger lurking in the glades. We’re not talking this summer’s surge in snakes (although do be vigilant), but innocentseeming tick bites that are linked to Lyme disease. You may have read about Phones 4u founder John Caudwell, who discovered that he and several members of his family had been infected. It’s a risk we all need to take seriously. Now, when I take a summer walk with my dogs through the fields, I cover up my legs to minimise the risk of being bitten by a tick, and advise my patients to do the same.

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