Okay, let’s try and bring this down a peg and look at what is really the story behind the sensationalist headline. Whilst it is sometimes amusing to read these stories, the lack of balance with resulting scare-mongering is frustrating.
A study has been performed by Public Health England in association with the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, Liverpool, looking at the presence of Flaviviruses in deer and deer ticks in the UK. Gosh! What a mouthful, even abbreviated that’s NIHRHPRUEZI, yeah! So we’ll just call them “Liverpool” from now on!!!
Anyhow back to the Flaviviruses! Some Flaviviruses cause tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), a condition transmitted by ticks of the Ixodes spp. which usually feed on deer. There are three main types of TBE based upon geographical area:
- European (Scandinavia down to the Adriatic)
- Far-Eastern (Russia, China, Japan)
- Siberian (Siberia and the Baltic)