Australian Lyme Facts

Australian Lyme disease is:

  • Reported in all states & territories
  • Non-discriminatory, affects anyone at any age
  • An estimated 20,000 Australians will become tick sick each year
  • Causes mild, moderate and severe symptoms and can be fatal
  • Often dismissed or misdiagnosed by doctors
  • Mimics other diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Motor Neurone disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism to name a few
  • There is no test for Australian Lyme disease

Australia Lyme disease patients:

  • Suffer discrimination and are stigmatised within the health system
  • Have limited access to doctors due to medico-legal threat
  • Can’t access appropriate treatment, but recover when they do
  • Suffer 10 years of chronic illness and see more than 13 doctors
  • Travel more than 500km to access appropriately trained doctors
  • Suffer a burden of illness that impacts them financially and socially

Australian Lyme disease is preventable:

  • Awareness, education and proper protective measures help
  • Avoid tick bites, use DEET based sprays, wear light coloured, long sleeves and pants
  • Check for ticks after outdoor activities