Blood sucking parasites that hide amid the undergrowth are on the rise worldwide – and so too are the illnesses that ticks carry.

Just this week a potentially deadly brain disease, tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBE), was found for the first time in Britain. Experts believe the pathogen, which is common in central and eastern Europe, was brought to the UK by migrating birds.

The discovery follows reports that cases of Lyme disease – perhaps the most well known infection transmitted by ticks – could be three times higher in Britain than previously thought, with some 8,000 cases annually.

 

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