Lyme Disease Association of Australia

More on Lyme Disease


What is Lyme Disease?

  • Lyme disease is an infectious illness caused by the bacterium known as Borrelia, which creates a condition more correctly known as Borreliosis or Lyme Borreliosis.
  • The name 'Lyme disease' was coined in the United States of America when an outbreak of juvenile arthritis occurred in the town of Lyme, Connecticut, and the outbreak was subsequently found to be caused by the Borrelia bacteria.
  • Borrelia is a spirochete form of bacteria that is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected vector (carrier), usually a tick.
  • People with Lyme disease are frequently diagnosed with other co-infections caused by vector-borne bacteria and parasites such as Babesia, Bartonella, Rickettsia, Mycoplasma and Ehrlichia.
  • Video: What is Lyme Disease? Easy to watch for people who have difficulty reading.

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Symptoms

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Prevalence

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Research

This link provides an overview of research which supports the existence of Borrelia in Australia:

http://www.lymedisease.org.au/evidence-of-borrelia-in-australia/

Transmission

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

  • The diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and its associated co-infections can be very complex and few Australian doctors are trained in managing this condition.
  • The LDAA advises patients who suspect they have Lyme disease to consult with an experienced Lyme-literate doctor who can identify Lyme-related infections, decide if testing is required and guide treatments based on clinical presentation. Most Lyme-literate doctors are willing to mentor less experienced GPs for follow-on treatment.
  • Patients should be treated according to, one or a combination of the following treatment guidelines:
  •  Further information on treatment options and finding a Lyme-literate doctor

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For further information and references supporting the above statements you can visit our references section here.

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