2020’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month is slightly different this year due to the devastating Covid-19 […]Read more
*LDUK is operating as normal during Covid-19, as all of our volunteers work remotely. It’s important to follow all Government advice and to take precautions to avoid tick bites during permitted outdoor exercise. If you’ve been bitten by a tick and notice a rash or you feel unwell following a bite, be sure to contact your GP immediately and find out what remote help is available if your GP surgery is closed due to Covid-19. Some symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to Covid-19. Learn about the differences here*
Welcome to Lyme Disease UK, a registered charity founded by Lyme disease patients and run by volunteers.
We are healthcare advocates campaigning for increased knowledge and awareness of Lyme disease and the associated factors. Our website is full of information and you can also find us on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to check out our Online Community, browse the meet-up section and sign-up to our newsletter.
Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia, a spirochete bacteria. It’s the most common tick-borne disease in the northern hemisphere and there are multiple strains of the bacteria. Lyme disease is endemic in many parts of the United Kingdom, particularly in woodland or heath-land areas but disease carrying ticks can also be found in cities and gardens.
Public Health England estimates that there are 3,000 new cases of Lyme disease per year. However, this is likely to be a gross underestimate. There is a discrepancy in estimations and the exact number will likely remain unknown, due to the fact that Lyme disease is not a reportable condition and there are still many UK healthcare professionals and patients who are not able to identify and diagnose the condition.