NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group is keen to make people living or visiting South Norfolk aware of Lyme Disease, which is carried by ticks that can be found in both country and urban areas.
Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of an infected tick, and can lead to serious conditions if left untreated. PHE estimates that about 3000 people are diagnosed with Lyme Disease annually in England and Wales.
The first symptom of Lyme disease may be a rash, which gradually spreads outwards, sometimes clearing in the middle to give a “bull’s eye” appearance. The rash can grow quite large and last for weeks if left untreated. Other early symptoms may include ‘flu-like’ symptoms, profound fatigue and sound or light sensitivity.
If left untreated more serious symptoms may develop in the following weeks or months. In the majority of cases, Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics and early treatment usually helps to prevent the development of complications.
The Lyme Disease Action website has a range of information and frequently asked questions regarding Lyme Disease.