Debate rages over Lyme disease

An apparent case of Lyme disease in Victoria has triggered fresh accusations doctors have "their heads in the sand" over the disease's existence in Australia.

The patient, an 18-year-old "keen horsewoman", was admitted with acute psychosis on a background of longstanding joint pain, headaches and chronic fatigue.

Blood titres for the causative bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi indicated past Lyme disease, her psychiatrists reported in