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13 July 2016

The Big Tick Project Lands on the BBC One Show
National coverage for the UK’s Biggest Tick Research Project

London, 13 July, 2016 – Last night, the BBC’s One Show featured the Big Tick Project giving further exposure to the UK’s largest veterinary study of ticks and tick-borne diseases. The progrmame focused on the recently confirmed cases of Babesia canis in dogs in Essex that had not travelled abroad, interviewing dog owners and discussing the increased need for surveillance of tick-borne disease in the UK.

The Big Tick Project has been set up by MSD Animal Health and Bristol Univeristy, led by Professor Richard Wall and aims to develop a greater understanding of the perceived rise in the risks to dogs and people from Lyme Disease. Professor Wall also featured on the BBC One Show explaining: “The recent Babesia ases in Essex are of huge significance. The fact that we now appear to have established populations of the tick Dermacentor reticulatus acting as vectors of the introduced pathogen Babesia canis is a new and important development and a major concern for animal health. It clearly demonstrates the potential dangers from the inadvertent introduction of novel disease pathogens if vigilance and surveillance are not maintained.”