Saturday, 4 June 2016


In excess of 100 ticks found on one dog after a walk on Ainsdale beach. Southport, Mersyside UK.

These ticks appear to be a mixture of Nymphal and adult ticks in various stages of having fed so possibly acquired on more than one walk.
However this is an exceptionally high number for one animal to collect, it is not as if it rolled in a nest of larva ticks these ticks are in the case of Nymphs have already had one feed from a mammal - ie bird, mouse, rat, human and in the case of adults have already had two feeds from mammals, so have moved widely carried on whatever mammal they fed on.
Another scary point is that one normally doesn't associate ticks with arid landscapes such as beaches but generally with woodland and country areas. So it highlights just how robust the ticks are at surviving even arid conditions.
It is interesting to note the 1000+ shares on the post many of whom I suspect will be from patients already struggling with Lyme Disease and other tick borne diseases.
It is sad however to read many of the 140+ comments especially ones which illustrate a lack of awareness and knowledge about tick borne diseases or the risk dogs and dog owners are to such illnesses.

In the same week there was a report (in the LDUK Discussion group on Facebook) of a family in The Salford area visiting Lyme Park and having to go to A & E to have ticks removed. It took 2 1/2 hours and over 100 ticks were removed from one child - the hospital were reported to say they had had a number of cases from that area.

Since 2015 there has been much awareness of ticks from the Big Tick Project

Prof Richard Wall has been interviewed a number of times in which he sates that Ticks are found throughout the UK there are NO hot spot areas, and that Lyme is evenly spread.

There has also been awareness raising from Lyme patients with successive media stories and protests for a number of years. May is Lyme Disease awareness month and details of activities are posted here-

Meanwhile our Government will take another year or two to respond to these risks with a NICE guideline process and three reviews on testing/diagnosis, treatment and transmission.

Much more could be done now by Government, NHS, Media to highlight the risks so people can protect themselves, their children and their pets. The costs of not treating an early case of infection can be years of debilitating health problems, with NHS doctors clueless as to how to help us. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Joanne! Good to have something to refer to. Louise A