Growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme like illness for many Australian patients

On 12 November 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

The growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme‑like illness for many Australian patients.

Submissions should be received by 31 March 2016. The reporting date is 20 June 2016.
Nov 17, 2015

Health Department Chronic Disease Enquiry

Karl McManus Foundation participated in the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health roundtable on Lyme Disease. Listen to the Lyme Disease roundtable  held in Sydney as part of the enquiry into Chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care.


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Sep 18, 2015


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



Aug 20, 2015

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AAA Lyme Disease Research

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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Relapsing fever is another variety of the Borrelia bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

 Did you Know:

  • It has been found in Australian ticks
  • It can cause a positive result to a lyme disease test which is known as a False Positive result.
  • While it is different to lyme disease it does have many symptons similiar to lyme disease

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.

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.