World Cup Fever

Lyme Disease Action – Striving for prevention and treatment of Lyme Disease and associated tick-borne diseases.

July 2006

General Press Release


World Cup Fever

World cup fans could be returning from Germany with a souvenir they didn’t bargain on.

Tens of thousands of England supporters are camping in fields and forests where ticks find them easy prey. The problem of tick bites and the diseases they spread is so great in Germany that the British forces there carry out buddy-buddy checks at least every 24 hours.

Ticks can be so small that they often go undetected. Some can be the size of a poppy seed.

Infected ticks can inject several pathogens including the spirochaetal bacteria Borrelia. Co-infections such as Babesia can complicate diagnosis and treatment.

Not all ticks are infected but if you are unlucky enough to be bitten by a tick carrying the disease you could end up with a severely debilitating illness if not treated promptly.

Symptoms of early disease may include any of the following:

An expanding rash, ‘flu-like illness, pins and needles, numbness, aching joints, muscle pain and chronic fatigue.

In nearby Poland, public warnings have been given out due to a plague of ticks in the Opolskie region.

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Cecylia Malenczak
Press Office
Lyme Disease Action.
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