Evidence for Lyme Disease in Urban Park Workers: A Potential New Health Hazard for City Inhabitants
Lyme disease is endemic in several rural regions of the UK, including the New Forest (Hampshire), Thetford forest (Norfolk) and parts of Scotland1. Recently, Ixodes ticks infected with B.burgdorferi have also been found in Richmond and Bushey parks, London2. These parks are close to the centre of the city, have a large population of deer and are visited by an estimated 3 million people each year. There are, so far, no reported cases of human Lyme disease resulting from a tick-bite in either of these parks, although there is a confirmed case in a dog, whose exposure to ticks was in Richmond park2. To determine whether Lyme disease can be contracted in these parks we have surveyed the park workers clinically and serologically for evidence of infection with B.burgdorferi.
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