'Lyme disease is a ticking time bomb'





Dr Hany Elsheikha, associate professor of parasitology at the University of Nottingham, says Lyme disease is one of the fastest-growing diseases in the…

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 << The disease affects so many of the body's systems, and has such a debilitating impact on the life of the affected patient, it has triggered a crisis that has far-reaching implications for public health policy.
"It’s clear, given the rise in cases across the world and the number of people who continue to suffer even after antibiotic treatment, that Lyme disease is spreading rapidly, said Dr Hany Elsheikha, of the University of Nottingham."
When people get diagnosed with Lyme disease, they make a shift to a life of increasing uncertainty, particularly from a lack of adequate and credible information. It’s clear, given the rise in clinical cases across the world and the number of people who continue to suffer even after antibiotic treatment, that Lyme disease is spreading rapidly.
For example, in the US the number of annual reported Lyme cases has increased about 25-fold since the national surveillance began in 1982.
Many aspects of the disease, such as the chronic condition, remain controversial or evolving, due to the scarcity of robust evidence-based data.
There is not even one consistent terminology that defines 'chronic Lyme disease'.
More measures are also needed to resolve the crippling uncertainty surrounding the infection.
We need more research to help develop reliable diagnostic tests, identify sub-populations of patients who are most likely to benefit from antibiotic treatment, and ultimately to ensure that Lyme disease does not become a pandemic reality. >>