Ticks and Lyme disease
A timely reminder about Lyme’s disease and other nasty’s…
As May commences, so does the Tick Season – makes me itch just thinking about it.
As I’m sure you are all aware Ticks carry Lyme disease – a Zoonotic infection that can have significant impact on a person’s health.
Lyme disease is one of around 40 Zoonotic infections that occur in the UK – others include things like Weils disease, ringworm, types of Chlamydia etc.
When visiting or working in the countryside, it’s important to take precautions against these illnesses and be vigilant for their symptoms.
Please follow our risk assessments standard advice when working outdoors – this includes:
- Wash hands whenever hygiene facilities become available.
- Cover cuts with a waterproof dressing
- If eating outdoors ensure hands can be washed/sanitized (sanitizing gel is fine if other hygiene facilities are unavailable)
- Avoid getting river, canal, pond or stream water in mouth or cuts – if accidental contact occurs clean and rinse as soon as possible.
- If, after contact with water, flu like conditions occur seek medical advice immediately.
- Keep to footpaths where possible
- Wear appropriate clothing in areas likely to contain ticks (grassland or other undergrowth inhabited by mammals) a long-sleeved shirt and trousers tucked into your socks is advised
- Inspect skin for ticks at the end of the day, including your head, neck and skin folds (armpits, groin, and waistband) – remove any ticks promptly
- If taken, check that pets do not bring ticks home in their fur
Tick removal tools are available and those working outdoors are advised to carry them, it’s also a good idea to include one in First Aid kits. Please contact email@example.com if you require one sending out.
With Zoonoses, early diagnosis is crucial to minimise health problems. If you have been bitten by a tick please look out for the following:
- A high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
- Muscle and joint pain
- Tiredness and loss of energy
- Rashes with or without bull’s eye markings.
If you experience any of these following a tick bite please visit your GP immediately.
Further information on Lyme’s https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/
Further information on Zoonoses https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/zoonotic-diseases-zoonoses-guidance-data-and-analysis
A leaflet with more information about Ticks can be found in the Health and Safety section of the Whittle Library.
Sarah Shaw – Volunteer Journey Officer, National Volunteering Team