First England case diagnosed of tick-borne babesiosis

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People are being urged to get on alert for tick bites, following the diagnosis for the primary time in England of a rare illness.

Public Health England (PHE) says the danger to the general public is “very low”, but it is vital to be “tick aware” when enjoying green spaces this summer.

Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBE) is already circulating in mainland Europe and Scandinavia, also as Asia. It reached the united kingdom last year.

Dr. Katherine Russell of PHE said cases of babesiosis and TBE in England are rare, and therefore the risk of being infected remains “very low”.

PHE says you ought to follow these guidelines:

  • Wear appropriate clothing like a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers tucked into your socks, to form it less likely that a tick will bite and fasten
  • Consider the utilization of repellents containing DEET
  • Make it a habit to hold out a tick check regularly once you ‘re outdoors and when you get home
  • If you’ve got been bitten by a tick, it should be removed as soon as possible, using fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool
  • Contact your GP promptly if you start to feel unwell, remembering to inform them you were bitten by a tick or recently hung out outdoors.

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