Lyme Disease Association of Australia

Lyme Disease in Australia

Media release: Lyme-like disease evidence breakthrough

MRThe Lyme Disease Association of Australia congratulates Associate Professor Peter Irwin of Murdoch University and his team of researchers for finding evidence of pathogens that may be making Australian patients with Lyme-like symptoms sick.

The research found Borrelia relapsing fever group, Bartonella henselae and a new type of Neoehrlichia bacterium, Anaplasma and Rickettsia in the Australian paralysis tick providing the much awaited scientific evidence that Lyme-like pathogens are present in Australia.

You can read our full media release here and access the research report here.

Response to the Department of Health’s statement on Lyme Disease

ResponseDOHOn the 29 May 2015 the Department of Health issued a statement about Lyme Disease in Australia. The statement confirmed that no political progress on behalf of Australian Lyme and Lyme-like disease patients has taken place.

Such statements were similarly echoed in responses from members of parliament to those who participated in the recent Lyme Postcard Campaign. Accordingly, as the Lyme and Lyme-like disease community peak advocate, the LDAA has composed the following response which has also been sent to Hon. Sussan Ley, MP, Minister for Health.

You can read the response in full here.

ADF announces investigation into Lyme disease!

GazetteimageThe Australian Department of Defence announced last week that there will be an investigation conducted by the Repatriation Medical Authority into Lyme disease and its effect on military personnel.

The inquiry will specifically look at “How Lyme disease may be suffered or contracted, or death from Lyme disease may occur, and the extent to which Lyme disease or death from Lyme disease may be war-caused, defence-caused, a service injury, a service disease or a service death”.

If you are a current or ex-serving officer please consider tendering a submission.


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Australian Lyme disease patients and tick bite location maps

LD PatientsThe exact number of people with Lyme disease in Australia is unknown as public health officials do not collect any data because the disease is not notifiable.

The Lyme Disease Association of Australia decided to remedy the situation. Part of which includes an interactive map as part of our broader program of works.

There are two maps; the first plots individuals with an officially confirmed cases of Lyme disease by residential suburb, while the second is of tick bite locations that have resulted in an individual contracting Lyme disease.

The maps provide a cumulative representation of the data obtained through our surveys from 2011 onwards. You can access both maps here.

Remember – if you review our maps and cannot see your suburb located please complete our survey to be added.

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