About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia. It is usually transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected tick; however, transplacental transmission at childbirth has also been documented. The disease is multisystemic and the affected organs are the skin, nervous system, eyes, heart and joints.

Lyme disease exists all over Scotland. A BMJ paper reported that Scotland has a high incidence of Lyme disease with over 1/4 of the 8000 UK cases per year.

Lyme disease risk
UK Lyme disease incidence 2010-2012

Health Protection Scotland advice is at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/outdoor-health/bugs-and-germs/avoiding-bugs-and-germs-outdoors