We don’t know if Lyme disease bacteria exists in Australia but we know people are getting sick.
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.
Ixodus ricinus tick, which spreads Lyme disease in Europe.
How a microbe from the ice age could wreck your life – and how to protect yourself.
No, not that kind of lime: the disease is named after a town in the US where the disease was first recognised.
The debate about Lyme disease and its presence in Australia has occupied media headlines and the minds of scientists and health professionals for over three decades.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried by ticks.
A government investigation into whether Lyme disease exists in Australia and how to treat it has ended without being able to resolve the issues. But there is a plausible explanation for why people here…