Health NHS Highland carries out international research in the challenges...

NHS Highland carries out international research in the challenges of tick-borne diseases

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NHS Highland has tackled an international effort to help tackle the challenges of tick-borne diseases with health services around the world.

The health authority is one of 10 partners from seven countries working together to support the NorthTick Project, which began in October 2019.

It is designed to strengthen the capacity of health care systems to prevent, diagnose, treat and provide information on tick-borne diseases.

Diseases such as Lyme Disease are known to be ticks

One of the places where Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases are the most significant in the north of Scotland.

Dr Sally Marvin, deputy director of the Scottish Disease and Built Infections Reference Laboratory (SLDTRL) at Raigmore Hospital, said: “In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of people and animals going on. tic-borne diseases affect them.

“Information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various tick-borne diseases is increasing, but providing this information to the healthcare system and the general public is a challenge.

“Through the collaboration of academic institutions, national and regional health authorities, patient organizations and other NGOs, industry and decision makers, the NorthTick research project will improve these challenges.” T

The research will be carried out with ten partners from seven countries in the North Sea region and is co-funded by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund and the North Sea Interreg Region.

The project will last for three and a half years.

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