New Danger to Hillwalkers from Ticks in the UK

20 11 2019

Richard drew my attention to this – he saw the basic details on teletext and asked me to google for more info…

Apparently, Scottish ticks are even more dangerous now:

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/health/potentially-deadly-tick-borne-parasite-found-scotland-first-time-1312286

Babesiosis and a type of enchaphalitis! (mad cow disease type illness) 😮

Obviously, although it’s only been found in Scotland so far, it will spread down the UK eventually…

If anyone finds out what the symptoms are (e.g. bullseye rash like Lyme’s Disease) please reply on here as I haven’t found that out yet and get bitten by around 7 ticks per day in Scotland!

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23 11 2019
underswansea

Fuck that sounds the shits. The Edinburgh News does not share the same style of journalism as Canadian news agencies where everything bad is apocalyptic, and blamed on Global Warming/Climate Change. You’ve got a lot of sheep. We have a lot of deer. I get the feeling they are not going to scare you inside for the duration. For the record I had encephalitis when I was a youngster and it just about killed me. Still I’ll take my chances with the ticks, I don’t have the capacity to be scared shitless of everything they say I should be.

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23 11 2019
mountaincoward

I just wish I didn’t pick up so many ticks myself – they really love me! We have a lot of deer in Scotland where I was walking a lot (and getting ticks a lot). Now I haven’t been for a couple of years, I’ve only had a couple of ticks instead of several per walk!

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21 11 2019
Alli Templeton

Oooh, nasty. I’ve not heard of this at all, but I know ticks are bad enough as it is, without the addition of such deadly complications. I’ve always dreaded them, but have managed to avoid picking any up yet. I do remember having to treat them on our cats when I was a kid though. Makes you want to walk in full body armour. Take care, Carol.

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21 11 2019
mountaincoward

Apparently, the encephalitis-carrying ticks are mainly down south by the way so definitely take care. The Babesiosis ones are in Scotland. Don’t fancy either!

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21 11 2019
Alli Templeton

Definitely full armour walking then – for both of us. Shudder.

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21 11 2019
Blue Sky Scotland

We can only hope for hard winters then. That’s one of the reasons I no longer do mountains, apart from knees and age, as I always seem to get ticks in spring and summer. 80 on one 4 day trip is my record.

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21 11 2019
mountaincoward

hard winters certainly seem to have returned this year! Apparently Ben Lomond is plastered, Skiddaw STILL has snow on the summit (should have gone by about the second day – it’s around 3 weeks now) and the wind chills have been awful this last few weeks. Strangely, we haven’t had the autumnal gales and rain this year (although maybe I’m speaking too soon).

80 on a 4 day trip! 😮 That’s even worse than me and I attract all biting creatures (Richard, strangely, never does and has only ever had one tick)

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22 11 2019
Blue Sky Scotland

I had a small hairy dog sitting on the back seat next to me on the trip back and most of them probably jumped off onto me then. Not the dogs fault as it was at heather and grass height romping over the same hill ranges following us, but worrying all the same. Only thought about the risk afterwards. Luckily OK.

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20 11 2019
treksandtors

Down in Hampshire as well. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-50206382

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21 11 2019
mountaincoward

Yeah I read that afterwards – apparently the encephalitis-infested ones are mainly down south!

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20 11 2019
Sue Vincent

Wiki lists the symptoms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babesiosis

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21 11 2019
mountaincoward

Those are so vague – I was hoping for something simple like the bullseye rash I got with Lyme’s disease the other year. That meant I could deal with it immediately (or at least the doctors and Doxycycline could).

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21 11 2019
Sue Vincent

The best I could come up with, I’m afraid.

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