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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.
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”.
An open letter to all colleges of medicine and to all committees that regulate those colleges from Dr Mualla McManus.
Dr Mualla McManus is not referring to just Lyme disease (B.burgdorferi sensu stricto) but to infection by other Borrelia genospecies such as B.miyomotoi, a relapsing fever Borrelia.
Many Australians who acquire Borreliosis either overseas in endemic or indeterminate countries or in Australia do not get appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
As health care practitioners you all have duty of care to those Australians who acquire tick borne diseases.
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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.
The Karl McManus Foundation is dedicated to supporting this research and seeks to enable the solution to this growing enigma.
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As the primary research into Australian Human Lyme Disease we need to identify the causative agents and then target the treatments and training.
The most important opportunity to support Australian Lyme Disease Suffers rests with the Research Program that seeks to identify the causative agents making many Australians very sick.
Though Borrelia Burgdorferi is the likely culprit the big question is what species do we have in Australia.
Does Australia host the Borrelia Burgdorferi Sensu Stricto, the species that gave raise to the term "Lyme Disease"; or possibly one of the many European, Japanese or even Asian species. Or does Australia have a purely unique Australian variety.
The Australian Government is waiting for the Karl McManus Foundation funded research programs to resolve this conundrum before taking action.
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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.
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.