No Lyme disease in Australia: pathologists

There is no convincing evidence that classic Lyme disease occurs in Australia, nor is there any reason to believe that the causative agent, Borrelia burgdorferi, is found in Australian animals or ticks.

This is the view of three infectious disease experts who have expressed concern in the Medical Journal of Australia about increasing numbers of patient requests for treatment for “Lyme-disease-like illnesses”.

Antibiotic resistance resulting from unnecessary and prolonged use of broad spectrum antibiotics is a major problem, they say. Until there is strong evidence from