Inquiry into Lyme-like illness calls for more research and better treatment

For the past 20 years, a debate about the presence of Lyme disease caused by ticks transmitting a specific group of bacteria has resulted in often intense and confused media attention in Australia. While some claim the organism (known as Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato) exists, to date there has been no conclusive scientific evidence to support this. In Australia, only three infectious diseases are known to be transmitted from ticks to humans: Queensland tick typhus; Flinders Island Spotted Fever; and Q fever. However, an increasing number of people bitten by Australian native ticks develop an illness with symptoms that are…
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