People who take part in outdoor pursuits must protect against Lyme disease

People who take part in outdoor pursuits are urged to protect themselves against Lyme disease, which is spread by tick bites. Lyme disease can, in a minority of cases, cause severe debilitating heart and nervous system disease.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has produced a Lyme and tick leaflet on Protecting Yourself Against Tick Bites and Lyme Disease.

As people are more likely to engage in outdoor pursuits in the summer months, hillwalkers, climbers and others who walk and / or work in forested or grassy areas must be vigilant against tick bites. Ticks are tiny insect like creatures that feed on the blood of mammals and birds and will also feed on humans. Ticks are more numerous and more active in the summer months and protecting against tick bites protects against Lyme disease.

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UIAA Medical Advice

These general suggestions are designed to guide those who are unfamiliar or less experienced with mountain terrain and who wish to hike or climb. Good advice for what to do when you are in the mountains, before the tour, during the tour and in case something happens. 
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