The death of Alasdair Crockett – Information for press

17th September 2006

Re: The death of Alasdair Crockett.

Lyme borreliosis is an infectious disease caused by the spirochaetal bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick.

The psychiatric manifestations of Lyme Borreliosis are frequently overlooked despite it being a neurological disease.

If left untreated, an extensive range of symptoms which affect both the body and the mind may develop.

Cognitive symptoms such as memory impairment and word-finding problems are common as are headaches, neuralgia and cranial nerve disturbances.

Some patients, however, suffer from seizures, psychoses, depression, anxiety and violent behaviour.

It is essential that this disease is diagnosed and treated as soon as possible after becoming infected as it is more difficult to treat once the disease has progressed to the late or chronic stage.

The tragic death of Alasdair Crockett highlights the dangers of Lyme borreliosis. Alasdair was a member of EuroLyme – an internet patient’s support group. He will be sadly missed by all.

Lyme Disease Action sends its heartfelt commiserations to Alasdair’s family and friends.

Cecylia Malenczak

LDA Press office

Please see our information on Lyme borreliosis in Neurology and Psychiatry, also available in a pfd leaflet.

Further information may be obtained from LDA’s website:

Lyme Disease Action – Striving for prevention and treatment of Lyme Disease and associated tick-borne diseases.

Lyme Disease Action is a registered charity No. 1100448.

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