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Council to act to warn of Lyme’s disease threat

Mayor Brendan Cronin and Cllr Maura Healy-Rae have both raised the problems associated with ticks

ALTHOUGH the National Parks and Wildlife Service appears reluctant to do so, Kerry County Council is to erect signage in suitable areas warning the public of the presence of ticks and their potential link to Lyme’s disease.

The local authority is to locate the signs in areas that are under council ownership but the national parks at Muckross or Knockreer do not come under that remit.

The matter had been raised by Cllr Maura Healy-Rae and Mayor Brendan Cronin who were both previously critical of a perceived reluctance to erect signs in the park warning the public of the dangers posed by ticks.

A tick bite can potentially lead to Lyme’s disease

Cllr Cronin stressed that there could be no negative consequence of providing proper information to the public.

“It’s about basic information. Millions of people are going in there unaware of the dangers that lay ahead of them. As far as I can see, the OPW are washing their hands of it,” he said.

Ticks have been a major problem in the national park for years but, despite repeated calls from the politicians and the public – including many who have contracted Lyme’s disease – no warning signs have been put in place.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae stressed that Lyme’s disease can be potentially fatal.

“People are being killed because of deer. I don’t think our message is getting through when they won’t even erect signs about Lyme’s disease,” she said.

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