Pressure to recognise Lyme disease

GPs are facing increasing demands from patients seeking treatment for Lyme disease, a condition that officially does not exist in Australia.

Demonstrators at a recent Lyme disease protest in Sydney (pictured) demanded health authorities recognise the existence of the tick-borne disease and offer treatment such as long-term antibiotics.

Most infectious disease specialists maintain there is no evidence the rickettsial infection is present in Australia, though Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Baggoley has convened a clinical advisory committee to