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Growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme like illness for many Australian patients

On 12 November 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

The growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme‑like illness for many Australian patients.

 
Submissions should be received by 31 March 2016. The reporting date is 20 June 2016.
 
Nov 17, 2015

Health Department Chronic Disease Enquiry

Karl McManus Foundation participated in the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health roundtable on Lyme Disease. Listen to the Lyme Disease roundtable  held in Sydney as part of the enquiry into Chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care.

 

Listen Enquiry

Sep 18, 2015

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Progress Report

on Lyme Disease in Australia

Professor Chris Baggoley, AO has advised that:

The department remains concerned about many Australians suffering a chronic debilitating illness which they associate with a tick bite. "My colleagues and I have closely followed the research being undertaken in Australia, in particular keeping a watchful eye on that being undertaken at Murdoch University and Sydney University."

Read the full text: Chief Medical Officer Progress Report on Lyme disease - August 2015

 

That report provides the following guideline: Australian guideline on the diagnosis of overseas acquired Lyme disease borreliosis

 

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Aug 20, 2015

Murdoch University Tick Research raise new questions

The Australian Department of Health has been waiting for results from Murdoch University and the Karl McManus Foundation funded Sydney University research programs.

 

Murdoch University have just released their findings which raise more questions than they answer making the Sydney University Research even more significant.

 

The study identified novel candidate pathogens that warrant further scrutiny in the context of investigating so-called “Lyme-like disease” in Australia. Borrelia relapsing fever and “Candidatus Neoehrlichia” pathogens are being identified in new geographic regions throughout the world and their medical importance is well recognised. The aetiological agent of Australian “Lyme-like” illness has been a source of unresolved debate for many years and the discovery of these organisms in Australian I. holocyclus ticks may provide insights into this medical conundrum. Given the widespread presence of endosymbionts in arthropod vectors of disease, together with the fact that such symbionts may be resident in high numbers, our findings also highlight the potential for discovering important novel arthropodassociated bacteria that are in relatively low abundance.

 

The results raise new questions about tick-borne pathogens in I. holocyclus ticks.

 

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Jun 27, 2015

Karl McManus Foundation (KMF) regards the RCPA’s position statement on Lyme disease in Australia and the document ‘RCPA’s top ten targets aims to beat inappropriate pathology requesting’ incongruous given that the findings of the Clinical advisory committee (2013-2014) into Lyme Disease concluded that “Further research is required to determine if Borrelia bacteria are present in Australian ticks”.

Apr 12, 2015

An open letter to all colleges of medicine and to all committees that regulate those colleges from Dr Mualla McManus.

Dr Mualla McManus is not referring to just Lyme disease (B.burgdorferi sensu stricto) but to infection by other Borrelia genospecies such as B.miyomotoi, a relapsing fever Borrelia.  

Many Australians who acquire Borreliosis either overseas in endemic or indeterminate countries or in Australia do not get appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

As health care practitioners you all have duty of care to those Australians who acquire tick borne diseases.

Apr 12, 2015

A review of current information and options for bush regenerators, bush workers and
people who love the bush
 
Edited by Virginia Bear and Lynn Rees
Mar 8, 2015

Heading to Germany for 3 months of intensive treatment.

See the full story Sarah Knight

Feb 21, 2015

Karl McManus Foundation has adapted the Dr Richard Horowitz Lyme Disease questionnaire.

 

Feb 5, 2015

Lyme Gladiolus Day, our annual .fundraising event
Dec 1, 2014

 We have formed a wonderful organisation designed to distribute important health information to Schools and GP's on the best way to assist children with tick borne diseases. Please show your support
Nov 20, 2014

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Growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme like illness for many Australian patients

On 12 November 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:

The growing evidence of an emerging tick-borne disease that causes a Lyme‑like illness for many Australian patients.

 
Submissions should be received by 31 March 2016. The reporting date is 20 June 2016.
 
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