"Let's tackle ticks together by making sure we're all tick aware", says TV scientist, Dr. James Logan
Channel 4 'Embarrassing Bodies' science presenter, Dr. James Logan, is an expert on ticks (blood-sucking parasites).
"A tick bite commonly leads to irritation, allergic reaction or localised infection but, in some cases, there can be more serious consequences such as Lyme disease (Borreliosis), which is a tick-borne disease. Being 'Tick Aware' can help to keep you and your pets safe while enjoying the great outdoors".
1. The Health Protection Agency 2012
2. Estimating Lyme disease risk using pet dogs as sentinels. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012 Jan 16.
We are sad to announce that, as of 28th February, 2014 BADA-UK ceased all charitable activities and we have initiated closure of our Registered Charity.
Our reluctant decision to close the Charity has resulted from a protracted period of declining funds and volunteer support, rendering our future operations simply untenable.
As a result, we cannot conduct or support our main educational- awareness raising programme, including Tick Bite Prevention Week and exhibiting at rural and companion animal shows. Nor, henceforth, will we be able to receive or respond to independent enquiries for advice and information via phone and email. Our activities via social media platforms will also cease.
However, our primary website, bada-uk.org, which has proved such a valuable information resource for the general public, professionals and organisations, will remain available online until the 31st of December 2015, and general enquiries, including requests for tick leaflets and books (while stocks last), will continue to be handled via email@example.com
We are extremely proud of the contribution that BADA-UK has made over the last decade towards raising public and clinical awareness of Lyme disease (Borreliosis) in the UK, and the recognition that tick bite-prevention and early diagnosis remain essential
to reversing the growing number of cases reported each year, and the long-term health implications for sufferers.
This challenge remains and so we urge public and professional communities alike to remain vigilant, aware and informed.
It only remains to thank everyone; volunteers, donators, clinicians, organisational partners and families, too many to name, who have helped and supported us in our efforts to raise awareness over many years, and without whom we could not have hoped to achieve as much as we have.
Bless you all.
Wendy Fox. Chair
On behalf of the trustees of BADA-UK