Friday , January 22 2021

A five-year-old boy in hospital with suspected Lyme disease after being bitten by ticks

A five-year-old had to be admitted to hospital after he became ill with suspected Lyme disease.

William Bargate was bite twice within five days by two separate ticks after playing in a park owned by Conwy Council on Llwynon Road on the Great Orme, Llandudno.

Three days after the initial ticking bite on Friday, March 22 – it is believed he had to contact William's head for up to 36 hours – he began to experience flu-like symptoms including fatigue, muscle pain, taking head and fever.

His mother Adelle Bargate, 37, went with him to see a doctor, but he says, as he didn't have the visible round rash that was associated with the disease, he was of the same; The view is that he has just caught a viral infection.

But later, William was taken to the doctor for a second time after being bitten again.

As well as being unable to move his neck, he had also developed severe flu-like symptoms and got worse.

"During the second visit, the doctor acknowledged the possible infection and gave him 10 days of antibiotics" said Ms Bargate.

"But his symptoms were getting worse and I was very concerned so I took him to the Accident and Emergency Department in Bangor on Saturday.

"They took him straight to the children's ward where he was immediately sent for blood tests and that was when they said they treated him as Lyme disease."

The tick was removed from William's head

"It is very difficult to get a positive test of Lyme disease so as a precaution to his nasty symptoms he's now on a three-week antibiotic course."

William was released from hospital on Sunday with three weeks worth of antibiotics. He will need to go for further tests later this week to monitor the suspicion of disease.

Lyme disease is often spread to infected people – small creatures like spiders that feed on human and animal blood.

They are commonly found in woodlands and grassed areas, as well as livestock such as sheep and goats – regularly seen wandering around Llwynon Road park.

William Bargate developed flu-like symptoms and could not move his throat after being bitten by ticks

Ms Bargate added: "I have lived on the Great Orme for more than 16 years and I was never drawn as a child, but it seems to have become a bigger problem over the last two years.

"I don't think it's taken seriously in the area, I feel that I'm the only person making noise about the number of their scope here t .

"No one seems to be doing anything about it and I'm worried that more children will become ill because of it."

"Every time my kids play outside, I have to strip them and check them for ticks."

Her son's illness comes after Ms Bargate ticked her eight-year-old daughter, Briony, in June last year, which she suspects has been there for about two days.

William Bargate, aged 5, in hospital with suspicion of Lyme's disease after being bitten by two ticks on the Great Orme, Llandudno

The second tick she had had on her daughter in a week.

At the time, a number of families also said they had found the small blood sucking insects attached to their child's skin after they had played in the same park and around it on Llwynon Road.

Public Health Wales refused to comment on patient confidentiality.

Conwy Council was contacted for comments.

What are ticks?

Ticks are small spider-like creatures that feed on human and animal blood.

They are commonly found in woodlands and grassed areas.

After tying on the skin, they start feeding on the blood.

Their size depends on the stage of its life cycle, and whether it has recently fed.

Do not necessarily cheat bites, which often make it difficult to notice whether you have been bitten.

How to dispose of ticks safely

Removing a tick quickly and accurately can help reduce any potential risk of Lyme disease if you have been bitten.

The safest way to get rid of a tick is to use a pair of pinkers that have broken them fine.

Understand the tick as closely as possible to the skin.

Pull up slowly and firmly, as the mouth parts that are left in the skin can cause infection.

Once removed, use an antiseptic to the bite and look out for any changes.

Contact your GP if you are starting to feel ill.

Those who spend long periods outside should do check checks regularly.

Ticks prefer warm, moist places on your body, especially the groin area, the middle, the arm ponds, behind the knee and along hair lines.

More commonly young children are bitten at the head / scalp, around the neck, behind the ears and along the hair line.

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