Light up green for Lyme Disease awareness month

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

image of william patrcik libraryThree of East Dunbartonshire's best-known buildings are temporarily turning green in recognition of Lyme Disease awareness month.

The Kirkintilloch Community Hub and William Patrick Library building, Milngavie Town Hall and Bearsden Community Hub will be lit up from May 17-19 in green, which is the colour of the Lyme Disease UK (LDUK) charity.

Many people in Scotland are affected by Lyme Disease, a severe multi-systemic illness caused by infection transmitted by the bite of a tick. May is Lyme Disease awareness month and LDUK wants to prevent further people being infected with Lyme disease this summer. 

Their ‘Wake Up to Lyme’ campaign aims to raise awareness on how to prevent tick bites, how to safely remove ticks and the importance of early treatment for those people who become unwell following a bite.

Joint Council Leader Andrew Polson said, "The Council is happy to lend its support to this campaign which aims to raise awareness of the severity of the illness and make sure the public know how to protect themselves from tick-bites."

Joint Council Leader Vaughan Moody added, "Three of our buildings will be lit up green for three nights as we try and increase wider understanding and awareness of Lyme Disease, which affects up to 3,000 people per year in the UK."

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