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Tics and Lyme disease on Downs?

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On 30 Jul 2015 at 2:30pm Jane Austen wrote:
Anyone know about problems with tics on the Downs?! Many thanks
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On 30 Jul 2015 at 5:41pm Let One Go wrote:
Have heard of people and dogs picking up ticks on Malling Down but I believe it's quite rare. Vets told me last week that we don't really have a tick problem in this area.
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On 30 Jul 2015 at 8:20pm Fairmeadow wrote:
While anecdotal evidence suggests Lyme disease is most common in Dorset and the New Forest, the actual evidence is that the risk is now spread across much of the country.
It is, however, rare and treatable by antibiotics in the early stages, so be alert but no need for desperate measures, asuch as avoiding the Downs.
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On 30 Jul 2015 at 8:45pm Emma wrote:
My boy got badly bitten by one recently and I found out they're really quite prevelant on the downs. Main precaution is wearing light colours and covering body when on downs and checking each other before entering house. Nasty things
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On 30 Jul 2015 at 9:01pm bastian wrote:
Ticks are all over the downs, do as suggested above, and don't panic-take something to sit on thta is pale coloured so you can spot them and knock them off-they don't jump, they crawl. Check yourselves before leaving and when you get home. Do enjoy the downs, they are beautiful at the moment.
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On 30 Jul 2015 at 9:07pm Country Boy wrote:
Good grief, tics in the countryside, whatever next? If you think are bad here, try going to Devon.
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On 31 Jul 2015 at 1:14am Live a little wrote:
So now we have fear of tics closing us down!
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On 31 Jul 2015 at 6:39am Spelling Bee wrote:
A tic is a facial twitch unless it is a verbal tic in which case it is the habitual repetition of a phrase or sound. The little creature you are worried about is a tick. This is spelt in the same way as the symbol you did not get on your English homework!
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On 31 Jul 2015 at 10:17am tony wrote:
Thanks for the intelligent responses ; ) I asked as a relative suffered Meningitis I suspect after contracting Lyme disease (in France) most probably from a tick and thought perhaps I should think about protecting my legs more when out walking on the Downs. I'd also heard that Lyme disease was spreading in the UK.
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On 31 Jul 2015 at 10:43am charity wrote:
This link is about ticks and what to do:

Check it out here »
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On 31 Jul 2015 at 11:59am ClicketyYak wrote:
I refer you to my previous answer re. smell of poo. We live in the countryside - get over it.
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On 31 Jul 2015 at 5:24pm bastian wrote:
I know everyone takes the piss out of hikers who wear mud shields but they do protect agianst ticks-however, you don't have to go to those lengths, just be aware they are out there between April and October and dress accrodingly.
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On 31 Jul 2015 at 9:35pm Country Boy wrote:
Mind you don't sit on the grass, you might get bitten by ants. Careful on the footpaths, there are snakes. Be especially aware of the flying cows, they can poo on you from a great height. Oh, and I forgot to mention the strange men in the woods.
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On 1 Aug 2015 at 9:49am Country Gal wrote:
I know of two people who caught Lyme disease on the Downs recently. One near Eastbourne and the other on the Downs near Newhaven. One ended up with Meningitis. There is plenty of information now on the web including the NHS website which sites the Downs as an area of high tick population. There is also information on the South Downs National Park Forum.
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On 1 Aug 2015 at 10:00am Someone wrote:
A friend of mine has been on intravenous antibiotics and feeling very ill indeed after contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite. In this case she was in the outer Hebrides but Lyme disease is dangerous and anyone walking on the downs should be aware of the risks and know what to do if they think they're affected.
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On 1 Aug 2015 at 6:03pm bastian wrote:
I've had loads of ticks over the years and successfully removed them, but it's safer not to get them in the first place.
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On 14 Aug 2015 at 8:34pm paul wrote:
i caught lyme 2 years ago on malling down from a nymph tick , just had my dog diagnosed with possible lyme disease
i also know of two other people who caught it up there.
I've had ticks on me for years but got unlucky it only takes one infected tick to cause a lot of damage if you don't get it sorted early


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