Warning on Ticks link to Lyme Disease
Wednesday June 23 2010
POTENTIALLY debilitating Lyme disease is on the rise in humans after being carried by ticks from the blood of deer and sheep, writes Anne Lucey.
Kerry County Council is asking for a national campaign to raise awareness among GPs and the public, after a number of anecdotal reports of an increase in cases.
Leaflets have also been distributed to visitor centres of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The HSE South confirmed there had been cases of the “generally mild” but potentially debilitating disease in the Cork and Kerry region.
However as it was not a notifiable disease it was impossible to say with accuracy how many cases there were.
Ticks are usually present in forests, in long grass, in heather and non-pasture land.
26 06 2010
Kerry County Councillor calls for more awareness on Lyme
Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald has called on the H.S.E to inform doctors and the public about Lyme Disease. The reason im putting this motion forward is that a neibhour of mine contracted this disease from a tick or (sciothain) and it took the hospital a long time and many tests before it was realised what they were dealing with. I believe it is important for the H.S.E to inform the public to be more alert about this disease and be very aware that it exists in Kerry.Early symptoms may include skin rash, muscle pain, stiff neck, headaches, swelling of the knees, tiredness and even depression. In most cases if detected early enough the infection and its symptoms are eliminated with a course of antibiotics, however this is not always the case and sometimes early diagnosis is missed and delayed treatment can lead to more serious symptoms which can be more difficult to treat. Lyme disease if left untreated can lead to severe arthiritis, forms of meningitis and memory loss and persons becoming totally crippled. Early detection can be the difference between full health and a life of dependency on somebody. Lyme Disease is a TICK born disease and is transmitted to humans through a bite from an infected tick. The amount of people affected by Lyme Disease is very high.
Is Mise Le Meas
Séamus Cosaí Fitzgerald