Lyme disease in East Sussex

Ticks can transmit bacteria that cause disease such as Lyme disease. Lyme disease can be contracted anywhere in the UK but is more common in the South of England and the Scottish Highlands. Ticks are mainly found in grassy and wooded areas, including urban gardens and parks

Only a small minority of ticks in the UK are infected with the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Prompt correct removal of the tick reduces the risk of transmission. Tick bites may not always be noticed and not all tick bites result in disease. Lyme disease most commonly presents as a spreading rash around the bite area and can also present with fever, headache or neurological symptoms.

Clinical signs and symptoms of Lyme disease are described in detail in the 2018 NICE Lyme disease guideline.

Public Health England and the NHS have produced fact sheets which has details about the health risks of tick bites, how to check your skin for ticks, remove a tick and how to prevent being bitten.