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One in Five Ticks Carry Lyme Disease

One in five ticks is a carrier of Lyme Disease, according to a new study by Linköping University, reports Swedish Radio's Science Department.

Ticks are a growing problem in Sweden, and between five and eight thousand people catch Lyme Disease here annually. Symptoms include a circular skin rash, fever, tiredness and headaches and it is thought the disease can lead to chronic health problems involving the nervous system and the heart, if untreated with antibiotics.

The preliminary report by Linköping University comes almost half way through their five-year study, where they are looking at what illnesses the tiny blood-sucking arachnids carry, who gets infected, and how the illnesses develop.

Pia Forsberg, professor in infectious diseases at Linköping University says she is surprised that relatively few humans get infected by Lyme Disease, despite the fact that so many ticks are carriers of the bacteria.

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