Friday, November 12, 2010

Lyme Disease testing grossly inadequate in Australia


Submitted by Ketan Mukherjee on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 16:26

Lyme disease, which is a deadly tick borne disease, is causing havoc for the people of Australia. Last week, a Sydney woman won a court case that allowed her to conduct test on her dead husband to detect if he succumbed to death due to Lyme disease. She asserted that a tick had gnawed her husband three years ago. The test came out to be negative in Australia, but further tests in Germany and the US turned out to be positive.

The symptoms of the disease include fevers and abrasions and if left untreated, can cause serious illness.

As per New South Wales Health Department, there is no assurance that the disease is causing causalities in Australia.

The case has raise skepticism about Australia's inadequate testing methods. But scientists have claimed to discover better tests to examine the presence of Lyme disease in Australia.

One of the many ways to test Lyme disease is to take the sample of the micro-organism from a patient or tick and let it grow by putting it into a culture.

Some scientists claim that the disease doesn't exist in Australia, as there are no traces of infected cases. On the other hand, some scientists reported that the disease does exist, as there are evidences, where people showed symptoms of this disease."

1 comment:

  1. If you go to

    You will find that Mike Gregory a reknown rugby player in UK was bitten by a tick on tour in Australia and went on to develop Lyme Disease. perhaps another bit of the puzzle for your blog.