Why we should stop using the term ‘Lyme’


THERE has been debate about the existence of Lyme disease in Australia for more than 20 years.

This passionate debate has contributed to the politicisation of infectious diseases transmitted by ticks in Australia. There is a consensus that Australian ticks can transmit a pathogen, or pathogens, which can cause disease in people. However, to date, there is no validated evidence that it is Lyme disease.

The names ‘Lyme disease’ and ‘Lyme-like illness’ have accumulated