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MetiNews.Com - This is the first record of a UK-acquired case of babesiosis and the second case of TBE being acquired in the UK
Breaking News ! Two people are receiving treatment in hospital after contracting extremely rare tick-borne infections. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that a case of babesiosis has been diagnosed for the first time in the UK, and a probable case of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) - the second ever diagnosis of its kind in Britain. Babesiosis is caused by a parasite which infects red blood cells whilst TBE is a viral infection that affects the central nervous system. Health officials have warned Brits to look out for ticks in green spaces this summer, and have advised on the appropriate action if you suffer a tick bite. However the risk to the general public is very low. Read More Related Articles Which coronavirus lockdown easing plans have been postponed? Read More Related Articles Man taken to hospital with serious injuries after 'fight' in Stockport town centre Most people with babesiosis will have either no symptoms or mild symptoms of infection but people with weakened immune systems can become very ill and present with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle ache, fatigue, and jaundice. Around two thirds of people with TBE infections will have no symptoms. But for those who do, there are often two phases. The first is associated with flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and fatigue. This can then progress to a more serious second phase that involves the central nervous system, which can lead to meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis. People are advised to stick to footpaths when out walking to avoid a tick bite (Image: MEN MEDIA) This year, PHE has surveyed sites in Devon close to where the person with babesiosis lives, collecting and testing hundreds of ticks – all tested negative for the parasite which causes babesiosis.
. However, a number of infections can develop following a tick bite, including Lyme disease.
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PHE say it is important to ‘be tick aware’ and take precautions to reduce your risk of being bitten by ticks when enjoying green spaces this summer including: keeping to footpaths and avoiding long grass when out walking wearing appropriate clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt, and trousers tucked into your socks makes it less likely that a tick will bite and attach considering the use of repellents containing DEET making it a habit to carry out a tick check regularly when you’re outdoors and when you get home
if you have been bitten by a tick, it should be removed as soon as possible using fine tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool which is sold by many outdoor stores, vets and pharmacies. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull upwards slowly and firmly. Once removed, wash your skin with water and soap, and apply an antiseptic cream to the skin around the bite contact your GP promptly if you begin to feel unwell, remembering to tell them you were bitten by a tick or recently spent time outdoors Dr Katherine Russell, consultant in the Emerging Infections and Zoonoses team at PHE, said: "It is important to emphasise that cases of babesiosis and TBE in England are rare and the risk of being infected remains very low. Lyme disease remains the most common tick-borne infection in England. "Ticks are most active between spring and autumn, so it is sensible to take some precautions to avoid being bitten when enjoying the outdoors. Seek medical advice if you start to feel unwell after a tick bite."
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