Invitation to attend LDA conference July 21st

UK charity Lyme Disease Action  invites you to attend the 2012 Tick Borne Diseases Conference in Carlisle on July 21st 2012.

Why should you attend?

  • Lyme disease is little-known about amongst consumers or the medical profession, yet is prevalent in many areas of the UK – from countryside to urban parks and gardens. Difficult to diagnose, but easy to treat in the early stages, Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected tick.  Ticks are carried by deer, small mammals (e.g. foxes) and birds.
  • Lyme disease is relevant to everyone in the UK and is also very much a local and regional issue in Carlisle with a potential impact on tourism, as well as land-based employers. The laboratory in Carlisle is one of only three labs in the UK to carry out specialist testing for Lyme disease, and the conference programme includes a number of local experts.
  • Come and hear patients’ stories – interview opportunities will be available.
  • Learn about Lyme disease and ticks for your own health and safety when travelling in the area and in the UK generally.

Confirmed speakers for this year’s conference include the organisation Healthcare Improvement Scotland, an NHS Trust, the Cardiff-based diagnostic tests manufacturer Euroimmun UK and researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield.

Lyme disease causes a range of unpleasant symptoms which may include a circular red rash, headaches, a stiff neck, extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and disturbances of sight, hearing, digestive system and sleep. If left untreated it can progress to the heart and the nervous system including the brain. It is hoped that a number of GPs and medical professionals will be able to attend, and medical students, foundation doctors and GP Registrars will receive a refund for their conference fee on production of their NHS ID card, if registered in advance.

The conference will take place at the University of Cumbria’s Fusehill Street Campus in Carlisle, starting at 9.30am with an introduction to the conference from Stella Huyshe-Shires, Chair of Lyme Disease Action. For more information about the conference or to book, visit or email

Lyme Disease Action ( is a charity striving for greater awareness of Lyme disease and associated tick-borne diseases.

Ends                                                                                                   12 June 2012

Press:  Issued by Lyme Disease Action’s press office (

For more information, or to speak to Stella Huyshe-Shires, the Chair of Lyme Disease Action, please contact Sue Ockwell or Helena Hamlyn via email – – or ring 020 8891 4440.







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