Tuesday 5th July 2016

The MSD big tick project results

The MSD big tick project results are out! While Lyme disease prevalence in Ixodes ticks does not appear to have increased much in the past five years (the study found a prevalence in ticks of 2.7%), overall tick numbers have increased, suggesting that the increase in human Lyme disease incidence may be linked to exposure to increased tick numbers or changes in lifestyle. Out of 56 dogs checked for ticks within 2 weeks post travel abroad, 13 were found to be carrying Rhipicephalus sanguineus, suggesting that the risk of this significant disease vector being introduced to the UK is increasing.

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