NEWS: Australian doctor claims "absolute proof" two of his patients have Lyme disease
While government health officials insist that Lyme disease doesn't exist in Australia, one doctor says he's taken tissue samples at the bite sites of two patients–and the results were positive for the tick-borne illness.
From the Port Macquarie News
Diagnosis positive: Tick disease is here
A LAURIETON doctor says he has “absolute proof” two of his patients have a tick-borne disease that health authorities say does not exist in Australia.
GP Dr Peter Mayne said two of his patients had the bacterial illness Lyme disease.
He urged medical colleagues to keep an eye out for the infection.
“I’ve taken tissue samples at the bite sites, and sent them off for DNA analysis, and they were positive,” Dr Mayne said.
Debate continues about whether Australian ticks can carry Lyme disease.
“There are perceptions that Lyme disease doesn’t exist here in Australia, and the medical profession have been lulled into thinking that they don’t have to worry about Lyme disease,” Dr Mayne said.