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There are a number of articles on this site ( under 'Latest News') that you should read.
Infection occurs by the bite of a certain species of tick that is found in the countryside, or sometimes in rural parks. The tick is more frequent when in association with bracken and where deer or sheep are to be found. The general advice given for avoiding getting a tick on you in the first place is, - to wear long sleeve shirts, don't have bare legs, tuck trousers into socks, don't wear sandals.
If you are unfortunate enough to get a tick attached to you, it is important to know how to remove it. The web site www.hpa.org.uk gives the following advice for tick removal:-
Using a pair of forceps or tweezers, or tick removal
hooks, grip the head of the attached tick as close to the point of
attachment on the skin as possible
Further advice from a linked site is :-
Remove a tick from your skin as soon as you notice it.
Use fine-tipped tweezers to firmly grasp the tick very close to your skin.
With a steady motion, pull the tickís body away from your skin. Then clean
your skin with soap and warm water. Throw the dead tick away with your
"Lyme disease can be hard to spot as it has a variety of
symptoms, and can easily be mistaken for something else. "
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