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Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks.

Ticks are tiny spider like creatures that are found in woodland and heath areas.

The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a distinctive circular rash (like a bullseye on a dartboard) around the site of the bite which usually appears between 3 and 30 days after the bite.

Other symptoms include flu-like symptoms, headaches and neck stiffness.

Lyme disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics if detected early.

For more information go to NHS: Lyme disease.