Squirrels ‘host Lyme disease bugs’

Grey squirrels are in the dock again – this time for harbouring a serious infection that can be spread to humans by ticks.

The American immigrant rodents already have previous convictions for decimating native red squirrel populations and damaging woodland by stripping bark from trees.

Grey squirrels host the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, it has been discovered
Grey squirrels host the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, it has been discovered

Now scientists have discovered that they host the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease, which if left untreated can lead to a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the joints, nervous system and heart.

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