• WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?

    SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
  • TICK BITE PREVENTION

    CURRENT TREATMENTS
  • SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    TICK BITE PREVENTION
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    TESTING
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    IF BITTEN
  • OTHER INFECTIONS

    OTHER INFECTIONS
 

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CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Progress Report

on Lyme Disease in Australia

Professor Chris Baggoley, AO has advised that:

The department remains concerned about many Australians suffering a chronic debilitating illness which they associate with a tick bite. "My colleagues and I have closely followed the research being undertaken in Australia, in particular keeping a watchful eye on that being undertaken at Murdoch University and Sydney University."

Read the full text: Chief Medical Officer Progress Report on Lyme disease - August 2015

 

That report provides the following guideline: Australian guideline on the diagnosis of overseas acquired Lyme disease borreliosis

 

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Aug 20, 2015

Murdoch University Tick Research raise new questions

The Australian Department of Health has been waiting for results from Murdoch University and the Karl McManus Foundation funded Sydney University research programs.

 

Murdoch University have just released their findings which raise more questions than they answer making the Sydney University Research even more significant.

 

The study identified novel candidate pathogens that warrant further scrutiny in the context of investigating so-called “Lyme-like disease” in Australia. Borrelia relapsing fever and “Candidatus Neoehrlichia” pathogens are being identified in new geographic regions throughout the world and their medical importance is well recognised. The aetiological agent of Australian “Lyme-like” illness has been a source of unresolved debate for many years and the discovery of these organisms in Australian I. holocyclus ticks may provide insights into this medical conundrum. Given the widespread presence of endosymbionts in arthropod vectors of disease, together with the fact that such symbionts may be resident in high numbers, our findings also highlight the potential for discovering important novel arthropodassociated bacteria that are in relatively low abundance.

 

The results raise new questions about tick-borne pathogens in I. holocyclus ticks.

 

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Jun 27, 2015

Karl McManus Foundation (KMF) regards the RCPA’s position statement on Lyme disease in Australia and the document ‘RCPA’s top ten targets aims to beat inappropriate pathology requesting’ incongruous given that the findings of the Clinical advisory committee (2013-2014) into Lyme Disease concluded that “Further research is required to determine if Borrelia bacteria are present in Australian ticks”.

Apr 12, 2015

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Accurate, Authoritative and Authentic Australian Lyme Disease Research is needed to identify the causative agents and present undisputable facts to the myriad of interested parties.

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Australia Lyme Disease

Tick Bite Prevention may not be the solution if the causative agents of the Lyme like Illness in Australia is not properly identified.
 
While there may be an association of diseases that present like a Lyme Illness making diagnosis particularly difficult and treatment challenging.
 

Advocacy

Research is needed to identify the causative agents and present undisputable facts to the myriad of interested parties. As public awareness grows the various levels of Government and members of the medical profession are slow to respond to the possibility of Lyme Disease in Australia. While the research will show Borrelia Burgdorferi to be the culprit that is no reason to let the semantics of "Lyme Disease" delay the inevitable.  The Medical Association of Australia recognised experts have failed to resolve the suggestion of endemic Lyme Disease in Australia waiting for the Research Proves what species Australia really challenges Australia.

There remaing the question about diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease acquired overseas. those suffers still find it difficult, if not impossible to get adequate diagnosis or treatment.

None the less the few Doctors that can and do recognise and treat Lyme Like Illness are grossly under resourced and in heavy demand.

Arthur C. Johnson - Bitten by the Bug.


In Australia A Lyme Disease suffer could be diagnosed with Attention deficit disorder (ADD), Bell's palsy, Bipolar, Brain tumour, Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Chronic pain disorder, Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Depression, Diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Eczema, Encephalitis, Fatigue, Fever, Fibromyalgia, Fifth’s disease, Flea bite, Flu-like symptoms, Gastroesophageal Reflux disease, Headache, Hives, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Infectious arthritis, Insect bite, Interstitial cysts, Irritable bowel syndrome, Juvenile arthritis, Lupus, Ménière's syndrome, Meningitis, Migraine headache, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, Peripheral neuropathy, Poison ivy, Prostatitis, Psoriatic arthritis, Psychiatric disorders, Raynaud’s syndrome, Reactive arthritis, Relapsing fever, Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjögren's syndrome, Sleep disorders, Sunburn, Stiff neck, Thyroid disease, Thyroid disorders, Vitamin B12 deficiency. These are just a few of the diagnosis that Borreliosis or The Australian Lyme Like Illness can present as.

This is why Australian research into Lyme Disease and Lyme Like Illness needs funds to determine the causative agents and promulgate proper diagnosis.

The research must identify the causative agents of Lyme Disease in Australia. Lyme Disease Association with Ticks and other vectors must be resolved.