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Dog Owners Warned About Deadly New Tick Disease


Published at 7:35am 16th March 2016.

Dog owners are being alerted to a deadly tick-borne disease that has occurred in the UK for the first time.

According to reports, one dog has died and several have been taken seriously ill after contracting babesiosis, caused by a parasite carried in the ticks.

The outbreak has been traced to an area of Harlow in Essex, where vets are concerned the disease could become established among ticks on the site.

If it takes hold it could mean it spreads across the country.

In a warning to dog walkers, Harlow Council said: "The ticks concerned are extremely rare in Britain and this is the first time that babesia has been found in the tick in the UK.

"It is important that dog owners have their pets protected with anti-tick treatment and regularly check their dogs for ticks. Further advice is available from local vets."

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