As we dust off our waders for the new season, it’s worth bearing in mind that as the trout start thinking about a bite to eat, then so do some other rather less pleasant characters. According to the Health Protection Agency, up to 3,000 people contract Lyme disease (Borreliosis) from the bite of an infected tick each year in the UK.
Tick Bite Prevention Week, which runs from 11-17 April, is an annual programme which helps promote awareness of tick-borne diseases and effective tick bite prevention for at-risk groups, ie, people who spend a lot of time outdoors, like anglers. A dedicated website has been launched offering advice on what to do if bitten and how to stay protected in the warmer months at www.tickbitepreventionweek.org.
As they used to say on Hill Street Blues… Let’s be careful out there.