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Topic: article: lyme disease warning for walkers & campers (UK)
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Lyme Disease warning for walkers and campers
Oct 7 2009 by Helen Rae, The Journal
PEOPLE walking or going camping are being warned to be on their guard after a dramatic increase in the number of suspected cases of Lyme disease.
Since 2003 the number of laboratory-confirmed cases in England and Wales have been rising, with 815 cases recorded by the Health Protection Agency last year. That includes almost 30 in the region.
And veterinary charity PDSA is urging pet owners to be on their guard after seeing a 150% increase in the number of suspected cases of the viral disease in pets, which can then affect owners too.
Dr Edmund Ong, consultant in infectious diseases at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: ``Each year we see dozens of people in the region with Lyme disease.
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