Monday, 21 May 2012, 6:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Twenty-first Century Threats: Lyme Disease - Is it safe to walk in the park?

Professor Patricia Nuttall OBE

It was lovely last weekend.  Warm enough to wear shorts and sandals taking the dog for a walk in the park.  How can this nasty red rash on my ankle have anything to do with it?  Don’t remember being bitten.  There was a little black thing on my ankle, but just scratched it off.  Doctor says it’s Lyme Disease.  Never heard of it.  Have to take these horrible antibiotics – and no drinking!  Last time I go for a walk in the park.

How real is this scenario?  Professor Pat Nuttall will consider the likelihood of being bitten by a tick carrying the Lyme Disease spirochaete, Borrelia burgdorferi.  The disease derives its name from Lyme, Connecticut in North America, where it was described in the 1970s as a distinct clinical entity among children believed to have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.  Now it is recognised in temperate regions across much of the northern hemisphere.  The reasons for the seemingly prolific spread of the disease, and the prospects of controlling it, will be discussed.  Yes, it is safe to walk in the park, but there are some provisos...

This lecture is a part of the series Twenty-First Century Threats. Other lectures in this series include the following:
     HIV/AIDS
     Tuberculosis
     Malaria

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Director, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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21 May 2012

Twenty-first Century Threats: Lyme Disease - Is it safe to walk in the park?
Professor Patricia Nuttall OBE

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