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Ignorance of tick-borne Lyme disease 'costing lives'

When Joanne Drayson regularly walked her dogs in the woodland near her home in Guildford, Surrey, UK she was unaware that a tick the size of a poppy seed would infect her with a serious and debilitating disease.

lyme disease - picture of tick feeding on human leg

"I had this strange symptom, which I can only describe as whole body rigidness. It kept recurring," she says.