Lyme Disease Awareness
Online Lyme Disease Awareness course, designed to help protect anyone who works in or visits places where ticks could be present.
DURATION | 60 Minutes
LYME DISEASE AWARENESS
Lyme Disease Awareness is a new e-learning course designed to provide learners with important practical information and advice on this growing risk to health.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection which can be passed to humans by the bite of an infected tick, and case numbers are increasing. With early diagnosis and treatment, most people go on to make a full recovery.
However, if treatment is delayed or unsuccessful, Lyme disease can cause a wide range of serious and debilitating health problems. Unfortunately, most sufferers don’t remember any tick bite, and general awareness about risks, preventative measures, symptoms and treatment is low, sometimes even among the medical profession.
This online Lyme Disease course helps employers with staff who work outside meet their legal responsibilities to protect the health of affected employees.
While anyone who works in green spaces outdoors can encounter ticks, groups at higher risk include:
- forestry and other agricultural workers
- gardeners and landscapers
- nature conservation staff
- park or wildlife management workers
- outdoor pursuits instructors
- members of the armed forces
- ecologists; and
- academics carrying out field-based study
Online training course covers key topics including:
- What is Lyme disease?
- Preventing tick bites
- Checking for ticks
- Removing ticks safely
- Symptoms, diagnosing and treatment
Lyme Disease Awareness can also be adapted or tailored to suit your own needs – please contact us ([email protected]) for more details.
The course certificate will be emailed once the learner has demonstrated this understand of the course by achieving 80% or more in the final quiz.
- directly addresses an established and growing risk to health and wellbeing for anyone whose work or leisure time activities could expose them to ticks
- ensures compliance with UK law (specifically the requirements to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of staff and non-employees, to assess and minimise safety risks, and to provide safety-related information and training)
- supports workplace health, safety and wellbeing strategies
- available on multiple platforms including PC and tablet
- successful completion awarded with certificate
- flexible completion reporting
- available as embedded or hosted package
- content can be tailored to your organisation
If you wish to know more about this online training course, or view a demo. Please email [email protected]
LYME DISEASE FAQS
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease – also known as Lyme borreliosis – is a bacterial infection which can be passed to humans by the bite of an infected tick.
What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease?
Early symptoms include skin rashes and/or flu-like symptoms, but the disease can affect multiple systems in the body, including the skin, joints, nervous system, eyes and heart.
What the treatments?
Early diagnosis and adequate antibiotic treatment are very important. Most people go on to make a full recovery. But if left untreated – or if treatment is unsuccessful – Lyme disease can cause serious long-term health problems.
How common is Lyme disease?
The true figure is hard to know because so many cases go undiagnosed or unreported. But what is certain is that cases are on the increase.
In the UK, it was previously thought there were between two and three thousand new cases annually, but the true figure is now thought to be in the range of eight to ten thousand, with Scotland accounting for more than a quarter of all cases. The incidence in many European countries is even higher than the UK, and the estimated incidence in the USA is around 500,000 cases per year.
You can catch Lyme disease at any time of year, although this is most common in spring and summer.
What are Ticks?
Ticks are small blood-sucking parasites. They are not insects but arachnids, related to the spider family. There are around twenty different species of tick found in the UK, each with its own preference of animal host from which to feed.
The tick most likely to bite humans is the sheep tick – Ixodes ricinus – also known as the deer tick, sheep tick or castor bean tick.
Where Are Ticks Found?
Ticks need moist air to survive, and so live in areas with moderate to high levels of rainfall, and among vegetation which can retain a high level of humidity such as tall grass or leaf litter.
Habitats include grassy or forested places such as woodland, heathland, moorland or rough pasture, but even suburban parks and domestic gardens.
What is tick-borne encephalitis?
Encephalitis is a virus that causes swelling in the brain. Encephalitis (the virus) can be carried by ticks and spread to humans through tick bites. This is rare however one case was recently found in England and one ‘probable’ case found in Scotland. Staff knowing how to avoid tick bites will further reduce the risk from tick borne encephalitis.
This course was developed in partnership with subject matter experts from Lyme Resource Centre (LRC), one of the UK’s leading Lyme disease charities, for whose input and assistance we are sincerely grateful. LRC receive a percentage of sales revenue from the course.
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