Predicting Lyme Disease Risk

Improving the knowledge of Ixodes ricinus and Borrelia burgdorferi dynamics in Scotland through structured data collection and citizen science

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks (Ixodes ricinus). Ticks that may cause Lyme disease are found all over the UK. High-risk areas include grassy and wooded areas in southern England and the Scottish Highlands.

If you are concerned about tick bites or if you need more information about Lyme disease please see the NHS web pages on Lyme disease.

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh are carrying out a research project to improve predictive mapping of the risk of tick bites and Lyme disease. Project participants are asked to record the time and distance they have spent doing outdoor activities, such as camping, walking, running, cycling, climbing, orienteering, or forestry work, along with the number of ticks or tick bites they have observed.

After a winter break, the TickApp project is starting again. The TickApp website is now active for data reporting. We have launched our Android™ app for recording tick data, which may be used instead of the website for those who prefer to do so. The app is available on the Google Play™ store.

We hope to count on your help in 2019! If you are already a volunteer, please keep your login details, and begin submitting your activities again after March 1st.

If you are a new volunteer, please contact project support staff at tick.project@sruc.ac.uk for a user name and password for the website for recording activities and tick sightings or for more information.

Results from 2018, the first year of the project, are now available. Please have a look at the results page to learn more about our findings so far.

Finally, thank you very much to those of you who have made suggestions about how to improve our website and data collection. We have considered all of your suggestions carefully, and have made changes where we have been able to. Some cannot be incorporated at the moment, but we are thinking about how to implement them for the future. Please continue to provide your feedback!

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