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Tickborne disease
Preventing tick exposure in vets and farmers
  1. Nicholas Johnson, virologist,
  2. Paul Phipps, virologist,
  3. Gauri Godbole, consultant parasitologist,
  4. Kayleigh Hansford, medical entomologist,
  5. Colin Johnston, medical entomologist,
  6. Mia White, medical entomologist and
  7. Jolyon Medlock, medical entomologist
  1. APHA, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  2. National Infection Service, PHE, 61 Colindale Avenue, Colindale London NW9 5EQ
  3. PHE, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JG
  1. email: nick.johnson{at}

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Readers of Vet Record may have seen news reports of a rare case of human babesiosis in a resident from Devon (VR, 22/29 August 2020, vol 187, p 135). Babesiosis is indeed rare in people, although a case in Scotland has previously been documented1 and infection is usually associated with underlying immune deficiency or the absence of a spleen.

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