Tayside revealed as a Lyme disease hotspot as cases soar

By Frank Cassidy

Published: 14/03/2011

Tayside has been classified a hotspot for a disease that has spread from the Highlands and can cause serious neurological and heart problems.

A team from Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital, carrying out a public health investigation, revealed a rise in cases of Lyme disease over the last five years.

The debilitating condition is spread by blood-sucking ticks which feed by attaching themselves to humans and animals, but are so small they go undetected and have been known to cling on for days.

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