Lyme disease

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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by tiny spider-like creatures called ticks.

There are between 2,000 – 3,000 new cases of Lyme disease (also known as Lyme borreliosis) in the UK and Wales every year.

If the condition isn’t treated in its early stages it can lead to symptoms such as heart problems, pain and swelling in the joints, problems in the nervous system and inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

In some cases Lyme disease can go on to develop fibromyalgia (a long-term illness which causes pain all over the body) and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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