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Great outdoors? Ticks, pets and the risk of Lyme disease

6 April 2012 Last updated at 09:05 BST

Cases of Lyme disease, which can be carried by ticks, have been on the rise in the UK in recent years.

Ticks are often attracted to animals such as dogs and can also target humans when out and about in the countryside. So what steps can people take to minimise the risks?

Louise Hubball reports.

This video features Dartmoor park ranger Robert Steemson, Stella Huyshe-Shires, Dr Mark Kealy from the Health Protection Agency and farmer Morris Retallick.