Lyme disease is a bacterial infection which is transmitted by tick bites. Ticks are tiny spider-like creatures which can be found in forests, woodland, heaths, moorland areas and in suburban parkland. Any area in which ticks are present should be regarded as having a potential risk of Lyme disease. Late spring, early summer and autumn are peak times for tick bites and coincide with people venturing into the great outdoors in the warmer weather.
Cases of Lyme disease are often acquired through recreational activities including walking, hiking and mountain-biking.
For further information, including how to minimise the risk of being bitten, how to remove ticks and other do’s and don’ts
- Read our guidance on Ticks and Lyme Disease
- Read the advice on the NHS Inform website