Lorraine’s Dr Hilary Jones has warned Brits of a disease they can catch – while out walking.

The ‘nasty’ and ‘debilitating’ disease has sparked frantic warnings from the health professional.

“You need to act as soon as possible”, Dr Hilary told ITV viewers.

As the summer nights continue to draw out long, with dry weather in Birmingham, many city residents will take to evening strolls.

You may even spend your nights at a local outdoor cinema event – or in a pub garden.

But, if you’re outdoors, you’ve been warned to take precautions over ticks.

Tick bites, of course, can lead to Lyme Disease, and Dr Hilary said: “You need to see your GP and they will prescribe antibiotics for three weeks, which will reduce your chances of contracting Lyme Disease.”

Dr Hilary said people need to cover up if they are walking to reduce the risk of tick bites
Dr Hilary said people need to cover up if they are walking to reduce the risk of tick bites (Image: ITV)

He added: “After the early stages, it is really difficult to diagnose and it is not dealt with very well by the NHS.

“The effects can be quite debilitating for many years.”

Birmingham-born John Caudwell’s revealed in 2015 that eleven members of his family have now been diagnosed with the potentially crippling disease .

Phones 4u founder Caudwell ccused NHS and the Government of ‘negligence’ in failing to properly investigate what he considers to be a public health scandal.

The 66-year-old – who made his fortune by selling Phones 4u for £1.5 billion in 2006 – called for further research into the illness.

“It is a public health scandal, a travesty, a tragedy that people are being left to suffer,” he said.

“The negligence at the top of the Health Service and in the Government is almost starting to border on the criminal and actionable.” 

Dr Hilary, 66, said ticks are most common in woodlands and while many will want to go for long summer walks outdoors, he had some advice.

He said: “Cover the skin, long sleeves, long socks, to reduce the risk of being bitten.

“Check your pets and children, it really is a nasty disease.”

He also showed viewers a tick removing tool, but warned you need to make sure you remove all of the blood-sucking insect because you could easily leave parts of the mouth behind.

He added: “It is important to remove that tic as soon as possible. You want to do it carefully, and get under the mouth.”