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US News Potentially deadly tick-borne parasite found in UK for the first time

16:10  20 november  2019
16:10  20 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Concerns have been raised after a potentially deadly tick - borne parasite was found in the UK for the first time . Researchers believe B. venatorum may have been carried to the UK by migratory birds from Scandinavia. Identification of this parasite in the UK raises concerns for European public

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a close up of an animal: A deadly tick-borne parasite has been discovered in the UK. File pic © Other A deadly tick-borne parasite has been discovered in the UK. File pic A potentially deadly tick-borne parasite has been found in the UK for the first time, scientists have warned.

The organism, named B venatorum, causes babesiosis - a malaria-like animal disease recognised as an emerging infection in people.

Symptoms from the infection include flu and jaundice, and can occasionally kill, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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It's also the first time it has been found in sheep anywhere in the world. The identification of this parasite in the UK raises concerns for European public health and "Taken together, these findings signify a change in the landscape of tick - borne pathogens in the UK , and the underlying causes for

A tick - borne parasite which can cause deadly malaria-like illness is spreading in the UK , a study has warned after scientists found it in the north-east of The work took place in 2014 but has now been published for the first time . Researchers believe B. venatorum may have been carried to the UK by

However, it has never previously appeared in the UK until now.

a group of sheep standing on top of a lush green field: The infection was found in sheep in Scotland. File pic © Other The infection was found in sheep in Scotland. File pic The organism has been identified in sheep in the north-east of Scotland in a study conducted by University of Glasgow scientists.

Willie Weir, senior university clinician, said: "The presence of B venatorum in the UK represents a new risk to humans working, living or hiking in areas with infected ticks and livestock, particularly sheep.

"Although we believe the threat to humans to be low, nevertheless local health and veterinary professionals will need to be aware of the disease if the health risk from tick-borne disease in the UK is to be fully understood."

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A potentially fatal infection spread by ticks has been detected for the first time in the UK , according to health authorities. Tick - borne encephalitis (TBE) virus is an infection that causes no symptoms in most people. However some will suffer flu-like symptoms and a small number will develop a more

A potentially fatal infection spread by ticks has been detected for the first time in the UK , according to health authorities.

DNA from the parasite was detected in the blood of a large number of sheep, which were not showing any signs of disease - making them carrier animals.

Researchers believe the infection may have been carried to the UK by migratory birds from Scandinavia.

The presence of the parasite in the UK raises concerns for European public health and farming policy, according to the study's authors.

The paper is published in the December edition of Emerging Infectious Disease.

The findings follow the recent report of the detection of tick-borne encephalitis virus in the UK.

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