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Lyme disease symptoms: How do you get Lyme disease? Is it contagious?

Is it contagious?

Lyme disease is not contagious, you can only get it if you have been bitten by an infected tick.

Only a small number of ticks are infected with Lyme disease-causing bacteria, and a tick bite can only cause Lyme disease in humans if the tick has already bitten an infected animal.

However, it is important to regularly check your skin for ticks after walking in woodlands or fields because one bite could cause Lyme disease.

To avoid being bitten by a tick, cover your skin while walking outdoors and tuck your trousers into your socks.

The NHS also advises using insect repellent containing DEET on your clothes and skin.

Wear light-coloured clothing to make it easier to spot ticks, and try to stick to paths instead of traipsing through long grass.

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