Lyme Disease

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Conference
2018 Water, Environment & Transport Conference
Date
7 February 2018
Decision
Carried as Amended

This Water, Environment and Transport Conference is aware of cases of Lyme disease to employees in the Water Industry and likely elsewhere to members within the Service Group.

The disease is caused by bacteria transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected tick or other blood feeding insect.

Most affected are likely to be field workers, especially those in Wastewater or working for the Environment Agency. Serious illnesses can be a result by these bites and in the worst cases up to and including death.

We call on the WET SGE to work with UNISON’s National Health and Safety unit to put into place an awareness programme for the benefit of existing and future members.