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Video: Deadly tick borne disease has entered the UK

A fourth case of the life threatening tick borne disease Babesia has been found in Essex which appears to be a hot spot.

The disease is transmitted to dogs by infected ticks and dogs in Essex, are believed to be the first in the UK to have contracted Babesia. It originates from Eastern and southern Europe and there are various different strains.

The discovery comes as scientists at the University of Bristol, conducting the Big Tick Project - in conjunction with MSD Animal Health, say their initiative has grown into the largest ever veterinary study of ticks and tick-borne disease in the UK.

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