Overseas Lyme disease retesting concern

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) has warned that tests carried out by unaccredited laboratories may result in false positives.

“There is considerable misinformation regarding Lyme disease in Australia, sparking an ongoing debate as to whether the disease is present both here and in New Zealand. So far, research has failed to prove the presence of Lyme disease-causing Borrelia in ticks native to Australia and New Zealand,” the college said in a statement last week.