Health & Safety Issues While Visiting The National Park

Visitors to Killarney National Park should be alert to the following:

Weather

If walking in remoter areas of the national park you should be prepared for all weather conditions and check on the forecast before heading out. The temperature in the uplands can be a few degrees lower than the lowlands.

Safety Tips

It is your responsibility to be aware of potential dangers and to take steps necessary to minimize the chance that you will become lost or injured.

  • Inform someone of your planned journey and when you are due back. In the event of an emergency dial 112 or 999 and ask for the necessary service
  • Stay on the trail! In addition to causing erosion and damage to fragile habitat, going off trails increases the potential for injury or becoming lost.
  • When walking with a group, keep track of each other and wait at all trail junctions.
  • Always carry extra food and water, rain gear, and warm clothing in case you have to spend the night out.
  • Make sure that your mobile phone is fully charged.

Tick borne disease

Lyme disease, or 'Borreliosis', is a bacterial infection passed to humans through a tick bite. It is currently the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the world. The bacteria is shaped like a corkscrew (called a spirochete), which enables it to burrow through body tissue which most other bacteria wouldn't be able to penetrate. This makes Lyme a serious and potentially debilitating disease causing a host of symptoms such as heart and nervous system problems, including palsies (paralysis) and meningitis and if left untreated can cause motor and sensory nerve damage, brain inflammation as well as arthritis.

Lyme Disease is commonly misdiagnosed as other illnesses such as C.F.S (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or M.E.), Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to help those infected make a full recovery. If left undetected it can develop into disseminated or late Lyme Disease and can be extremely difficult to eradicate and can cause serious, long term health problems.

Further information at this link: Lyme Disease.