Disease - this tiny tick can leave you paralysed
If you go down to the woods, you could be in for a
big surprise - and a very unpleasant one at that!
Go for a walk on Exmoor
or the Forest of Dean, and you know to watch out for bugs.
a tiny tick, which is carried on deer, can make people really sick and result
in Lyme Disease.
But now scientists at Bath University have found the same
ticks in the city's parks.
What's more, they've found new, much more serious
The ticks can leave you paralysed - maybe even kill.
trip to the woods
William Thorpe is a young boy who, like most youngsters.
enjoys a trip to the park or woods.
But a recent trip left him feeling very
Thorpe - a nasty shock following a trip to the woods|
was so poorly I thought it was mumps", says his mother Tracey, from Wiltshire.
She was worried sick when the seven year old had bad headaches, and then
found half his face wouldn't move.
The doctors were stumped.
the 11th hour, one of them suspected Lyme Disease.
Tests proved positive,
and the treatment, thankfully for William, was effective.
"In France they have diagnosed 10 times as
many cases as here", says Dr Klaus Kurtenbach, one of the scientists at Bath
"Yet we've found the same number of ticks here carrying
studying ticks in the West Country's open spaces|
and his colleagues believe British doctors are failing to spot the symptoms of
They say hundreds of people are suffering with headaches and
even mild paralysis, who could be treated.
For Inside Out West, Dr Kurtenbach
went out to woods near Bath to gather ticks.
Even in February, he found
a large number of the bugs.
"Many people think it's only a problem
in summer, and only in major forests", he says.
"But we are finding
them now, and in greater numbers than ever."
It's clear that the public
needs to be more aware of the growing health risk.
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