Ticks & Lymes disease

Steve Purdie's picture

A number of pilots have been bitten by ticks in the last few weeks. A few of these have contracted Lyme disease, which if left untreated, can be very serious indeed.

Pilots are advised to take precautions to avoid being bitten, e.g., wear socks and long trousers, avoid laying on the grass etc. Inspect for ticks at the end of the day too. The ones which have been found biting have generally been smaller than the typical 5mm ones we usually see. You need to be on the lookout for arachnids as small as 1mm.

Please check this out:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Lyme-disease/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Lyme halo

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MarkM's picture

Careful..

I'd not use that technique - agitating or squashing the tick is likely to end up with it regurgitating some or all of the contents of its stomach back into you!

This is by far the best guide I found:

http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/about-ticks/tick-removal/