With Lyme Disease ever present, Gresham College asks, is it safe to walk in the part?
It was lovely last weekend. Warm enough to
wear shorts and sandals taking the dog for a walk in the park. How can
this nasty red rash on my ankle have anything to do with it? Don't
remember being bitten. There was a little black thing on my ankle, but just
scratched it off. Doctor says it's Lyme Disease. Never heard of
it. Have to take these horrible antibiotics - and no drinking! Last
time I go for a walk in the park.
real is this scenario? Professor Pat Nuttall will consider the likelihood
of being bitten by a tick carrying the Lyme Disease spirochaete,Borrelia
burgdorferi. The disease derives its name from Lyme, Connecticut in North America, where it was described in the 1970s as a
distinct clinical entity among children believed to have juvenile rheumatoid
arthritis. Now it is recognised in temperate regions across much of the
northern hemisphere. The reasons for the seemingly prolific spread of the
disease, and the prospects of controlling it, will be discussed. Yes, it is
safe to walk in the park, but there are some provisos...