Press release – Lyme disease Guideline

Lyme disease Guideline – A step forward Leading Lyme disease charity, Lyme Disease Action (LDA), welcomes the guideline on diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, published by NICE this week, as a small step in the right direction. The recommendations standardising on longer treatment duration are particularly welcome as they increase the chances of early […]

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Significant rise in cases of Lyme disease

Public Health England (PHE) has published its latest figures for Common Animal Associated Infections in 2017.  The fourth quarter report (England and Wales) for 2017 shows a 35% rise in laboratory confirmed cases of Lyme disease over the numbers for 2016. PHE acknowledge that they do not know whether this is caused by better awareness, […]

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Another rise in reported cases

In November we reported a rise in the number of reported cases of Lyme disease. This clearly wasn’t just a blip as figures for the last quarter of 2017 have just confirmed the trend. Public Health England (PHE) has published its latest figures for Common Animal Associated Infections in 2017. The fourth quarter report (England […]

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APPG officers

Following its first meeting, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Lyme disease held its inaugural AGM on 28th November and appointed officers. APPGs are for groups of parliamentarians who have a specific interest, in this case Lyme disease, and provide a ‘safe’ place where MPs and members of the House of Lords can discuss […]

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Rise in reported cases

Public Health England has now published provisional figures for Lyme disease for the third quarter of 2017 in the Health Protection Report , covering the period from January to September (weeks 0-39). As usual, this represents laboratory confirmed cases by the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory (RIPL), based on positive Lyme serology tests of samples […]

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Response to NICE draft

A Missed Opportunity? For 15 years Lyme Disease Action (LDA) has been consistently advocating science, and robust evidence, in striving for the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. 5 years ago LDA funded research with the James Lind Alliance (JLA) to establish the top 10 ‘unknowns’ about Lyme disease in the UK which need research. […]

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Preliminary response to draft guideline

LDA has been asked for comment by The Times and has provided the following preliminary statement for the press: ———————— We need time to look at the full documents in detail. The charity will be taking feedback from patients and healthcare professionals and will respond formally to NICE before the end of the consultation period in […]

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Draft NICE guideline

NICE, the organisation responsible for clinical guidelines in England & Wales, has now published the Lyme disease draft guideline. This will remain on-line for a 6 week consultation period with the registered stakeholder organisations. If you would like to share any thoughts or concerns with us, please let us know via our email address . […]

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Awareness raising among outdoor workers

We took a stand at a three day Arboricultural Association conference, attended by 400 people who either work outside or manage others who do. Awareness of ticks is key to avoiding Lyme disease and this is a health & safety issue  that needs to be high on many companies’ agendas. We had a very valuable […]

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LDA 2017 Conference report

We gathered at Exeter University on 8th July for a full day of presentations at the 2017 LDA Conference. LDA’s Chair, Stella Huyshe-Shires, opened the proceedings with an overview of Lyme Disease in the UK, and its interactions and dependencies (both human and animal). Stella described the way ticks obtain and pass on infection to […]

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