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In the past year there have been 68 cases of
Lyme disease in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. 41 patients had erythema chronicum migrans, and 8 of them had associated neurological
disease. 13 further patients presented with neurological
disease without a preceding skin lesion. Myocarditis was present in 1 patient. Ixodes ricinus was confirmed as the vector for
Lyme disease. In two areas deer were found to be infected by Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative organism of
Lyme disease. 86% of 45 deer sera tested had significant antibody titres against B burgdorferi.