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TICKS

As you’ve probably become aware from the media, ticks are an increasing menace for those of us who enjoy outdoor activities.  If you don’t know what they are, or the issues relating to them, there are some factsheets provided on this page for information.  Due to their potential to carry Lyme’s disease, it is important that after any time outdoors in wild areas we check ourselves to identify and remove any ticks that may have been picked up. 

To keep this in context, it is important to note that the proportion of ticks carrying Lyme’s disease is low, hence the likelihood of contracting it is low, so please do not let this discourage you from enjoying the great outdoors.  Indeed, those of us who spend a significant time in the outdoors have picked up numerous ticks, but have found and removed them without any adverse effects.

As the Gordon hill walks are usually along paths or in areas of low vegetation, the likelihood of actually picking up any ticks is low.  The key point is that attendees check themselves, or are checked, soon after the walk, and then once again as they have been known to ‘appear’ a day or two later.

https://www.mountaineering.scot/safety-and-skills/health-and-hygiene/ticks

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tick-bite-risks-and-prevention-of-lyme-disease

Tick_Leaflet.pdf

Tick_Poster.pdf

http://lymediseaseuk.com/prevention/

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