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Does Lyme Disease Exist in Australia?

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Editor’s Note: Accurate studies are essential for diagnosing and developing effective treatments for Lyme disease. However, medical databases are replete with studies that are inaccurate, biased and based on personal and corporate interests, rather than science. Patients, doctors and researchers must be discerning when researching Lyme disease, as much of the research is flawed and based upon faulty science.
The below research article is one such example, as Lyme disease has been proven to exist and may even be epidemic in Australia. Evidence for this is found in the multitude of cases diagnosed by Lyme-literate doctors in Australia. Further, long term antibiotics have been proven to be effective for treating chronic Lyme in thousands of patients. For accurate information about Lyme disease in Australia, we highly recommend the book: Lyme Disease in Australia: Fundamentals of an Emerging Epidemic by Nicola McFadzean, ND.
There is no convincing evidence that classic Lyme disease occurs in Australia, nor is there evidence that the causative agent, Borrelia burgdorferi, is found in Australian animals or ticks.
Lyme disease, however, can be acquired overseas but diagnosed in Australia; most people presenting with laboratory-confirmed Lyme disease in Australia were infected in Europe. Despite the lack of evidence that Lyme disease can be acquired in Australia, growing numbers of patients, their supporters, and some politicians demand diagnoses and treatment according to the protocols of the “chronic Lyme disease” school of thought.
Antibiotic therapy for chronic “Lyme disease-like illness” can cause harm to both the individual (eg, cannula-related intravenous sepsis) and the broader community (increased antimicrobial resistance rates). Until there is strong evidence from well performed clinical studies that bacteria present in Australia cause a chronic debilitating illness that responds to prolonged antibiotics, treating patients with “Lyme disease-like illness” with prolonged antibiotic therapy is unjustified, and is likely to do much more harm than good.
Source: By PJ Collignon, Lum GD, Robson JM. Does Lyme disease exist in Australia? Med J Aust. (2016 Nov 7);205(9):413-417

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