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Babesiosis: Rare tick disease diagnosed in England
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Babesiosis: Rare tick disease diagnosed in England

Published: July 31, 2020  |  2 min read, 368 words
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People are being urged to be on alert for tick bites, following the diagnosis for the first time in England of a rare illness.Public Health England (PHE) says the risk to the public is "very low", but it's important to be "tick aware" when enjoying green spaces this summer.Babesiosis is caused by a parasite which infects red blood cells.A second "probable" case of another rare infection spread by infected ticks has also been diagnosed.Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBE) is already circulating in mainland Europe and Scandinavia, as well as Asia. It reached the UK last year.Dr Katherine... READ MORE
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