Despite rising cases of Lyme disease in the UK, there are no UK guidelines on diagnosis and treatment and there is no research in the UK to discover the true incidence, despite widespread acknowledgement that most cases go unrecorded. Heavy reliance has, until this new development (*see below), been placed on guidelines from the USA, [...]more...
In Britain, medical education is highly variable regarding diseases transmitted by ticks. Much reference literature about diagnosis and treatment protocols requires updating. It may be left to you
- the patient, to continue to emphasise that symptoms were linked to a tick bite.
- the doctor, to be aware of the possibility, to question the patient, and to read our resources for clinicians