Travellers warned over Lyme disease

30 May 2012 09:06

People are more likely to get bitten when the ticks are in the nymph stage, according to one expert

People are more likely to get bitten when the ticks are in the nymph stage, according to one expert

People heading to Minnesota on holiday will want to ensure they're taking all the necessary precautions after officials said the state was a high-risk area for Lyme disease.

The warning came as figures showed the number of Lyme disease cases had reached a record high in 2010 in Minnesota.

The figures, showing 1,293 cases were recorded during the year, were revealed as part of Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

Eastern black-legged ticks and deer ticks are responsible for passing the infection on to humans, and those preparing for holidays in the state who already have existing health problems are reminded of the importance of pre-existing medical travel insurance.

Many people worry about the cost of a holiday and all associated essentials, however you can cover medical conditions without breaking the bank with World First Travel Insurance.

Experts say ticks lay dormant through the winter months before again becoming active when the temperature warms up.

Deer ticks are very difficult to spot, particularly when they're in the larvae or nymph stage.

But Patrick Guilfoile, an interim associate vice president at Bemidji State University, warned that the chance of being bitten was greater during the nymph stage.

He said: "There's pretty general consensus that a tick has to bite for a day or a day and a half to cause Lyme disease."

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