A man forced to quit work because of Lyme disease hopes pop star Justin Bieber’s admission he has it will raise awareness of the condition.

Mark Morgan, from Cardiff, said the illness is so debilitating he can no longer work because of the “constant symptoms of anxiety and fatigue”.

There are around 3,000 cases of the disease – a bacterial infection spread by ticks – each year in the UK.

Ex-engineer Mr Morgan said people do not understand its long-lasting impact.

He has been experiencing symptoms that could be attributed to Lyme disease since puberty.

The 54-year-old said it became “increasingly difficult” to hold down a job as he got older because of the long term effects of the disease and in 2015 he had to stop working completely.

It got

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