Latest news from Devon's Public Health team

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Connect Me - Care and Wellbeing

           June 2018

Latest news from Devon County Council's Public Health team

Be tick aware if you're out and about this summer

tick bite rash

Ticks are small spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of animals, including people. They are found in woodland, grassland and moorland where there is a dense vegetation layer and can be found in some urban parks and gardens.

Some ticks carry may carry an infection which be passed on through a bite. This can include Lyme Disease, although not all ticks carry Lyme-causing bacteria, and not all bites from an infected tick result in Lyme Disease. Lyme disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics, but if it is not treated or if there is a delay in treatment it can lead to complications.

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Pioneering new programme shows Devon leading the way in diabetes prevention

The programme can support people through group and 1-2-1 sessions

An innovative new programme to prevent people in Devon developing Type 2 diabetes, has been launched this week by Exminster-based charity Westbank Community Health and Care (Westbank), to mark National Diabetes Week (11-17 June).

Healthier Devon is a new support programme for people at the highest risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Once referred by their GP, these people will receive sustained help over a two-year period to make positive changes to their lifestyle, through a combination of one-to-one and group sessions.

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