White 'rich' women may be 'more likely to have Lyme disease'

Mail Online | 8/14/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Lyme disease cases are more common in white, well-off women because they live in areas that have more ticks, research suggests.

Scientists analysed 2,361 patients admitted to hospital in England and Wales with the bacterial infection between 1998 and 2015.

Sixty - Cent - Infection - Girls - Women

Sixty per cent (1,005) were female. The infection peaked in girls aged six-to-10, and women between 61 and 65 years old.

Information on the patients' ethnicity was recorded for most of the participants. Of which, 96 per cent (1,803) were white.

South-west - England - Cases - Year - Study

The affluent south-west of England had the most cases over the 17 year study, said the team at the National Institute for Health Research in London.

Well-off, white women may be more likely to live in or near areas infested with ticks - and are more likely to seek help than men, the experts said.

Creatures - Infection - Woods - Fields - Places

The creatures spread the infection and are often be found in woods, fields or grassy places.

'These data display a predominance of female cases of certain age groups, most of whom identify as white,' study author Dr John Tulloch said.

Reasons - Differences - Health - Behaviour - Women

'The reasons for this are hard to explain, but could be related to differences in health seeking behaviour between women and men.

'And an increased exposure to tick habitats due to leisure activities in children and older people, as opposed to occupational exposure in younger adults.

Association - Ethnicity - Lyme - Disease - Reasons

'The apparent association between ethnicity and Lyme disease is most likely due to sociocultural and behavioural reasons.

'For example, living in areas that are more likely to see a higher abundance of disease-transmitting ticks.'

Lyme - Disease - 'bull - Eye - Rash

Lyme disease, which can cause a 'bull's eye' rash, is on the rise in the UK, the researchers wrote in the journal BMC Public Health.

The hospital data shows just 0.08 in every 100,000 people had the infection in 1998, which rose to 0.53 per 100,000 in 2015.

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