Letters Tick bite prevention and tick removal

Lack of accurate information on the prevalence of Lyme disease in the UK

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2037 (Published 10 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2037
  1. R Evans, consultant clinical scientist1,
  2. S Mavin, clinical scientist1,
  3. S Holden, research coordinator (primary care)2,
  4. A Munro, project coordinator3,
  5. G Gunn, professor4
  1. 1National Lyme Borreliosis Testing Laboratory, Inverness, UK
  2. 2NHS Highland Research and Development, Inverness, UK
  3. 3Centre for Health Science, Inverness, UK
  4. 4Scottish Rural College Epidemiology Unit, Inverness, UK
  1. roger.evans{at}nhs.net

The recent article on tick bite prevention and tick removal states in its advice to patients: “If bitten in a Lyme disease endemic area, consult your GP to discuss antibiotic prophylaxis.”1 Accurate data on incidence and prevalence are not available for most of the UK, so we do not know where the endemic areas are. Therefore, …

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