A parent has just let us know she has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, almost certainly contracted while watching the Westbury Wipeout.
Lyme Disease is carried by ticks, which live on the wild deer in Blaise Castle. This is the first local case I have heard of, although it crops up from time-to-time in other areas such as Dartmoor.
The symptoms of Lyme Disease include: a high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery; headaches; muscle and joint pain; tiredness and loss of energy.
There is usually, but not always, a very distinctive ‘bulls eye’ rash around the bite. See the NHS Direct page for further details.
If you or your child has any of these symptoms, it is vital that you see your doctor immediately. It is important to treat Lyme Disease promptly. If you can’t get an immediate appointment, please phone NHS 111.
It is worth teaching your children what ticks look like, and checking how to remove them (see the same NHS page), as that needs to be done carefully.