Lyme disease surge in Scotland sparks call for specialist clinic – The Times

Tick alert: a warning sign in a forestH BARTH
Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that can devastate the life of victims, has reached its highest level in Scotland in recent years.

The health service disclosed that in 2018 it recorded 238 cases of the condition, caused by a bite from an infected tick. It represents a rise of 43%, up from 167 in 2017, and has fuelled calls for greater efforts to raise awareness about the symptoms of the disease and the need to check for ticks when walking or climbing hills in rural areas.

Last month it emerged that Scotland had the highest number of cases of Lyme disease in the United Kingdom, with the country’s wet climate identified as a potential factor.

A study of GP records indicates that cases may be…

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