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Shaftesbury GP Offers Advice As Tick Numbers Increase

The warm weather in May and wet conditions in June has encouraged ticks.

Public health officials across the Westcountry have warned people to check their skin and clothing, particularly when walking through long grass and woodland.

A deer tick. Photo by Stuart Meek under Creative Commons licence

Untreated tick bites can develop into a serious life-changing condition, although this is rare.

Dr Damian Patterson from Shaftesbury’s Abbey View Medical Centre offers some advice.

Listen at 19:16.