Help Us To Make Lyme Disease Notifiable in Ireland

We, the undersigned, would like to make a call to the Department of Health, Ireland to make Lyme Disease a notifiable illness.  Our reason for this recommendation is that there is little support and knowledge available to Lyme disease patients.  People have been infected overseas and some have been infected here in Ireland.  The overwhelming response from talking to these patients is that there is little recognition among the medical community, on the best way to diagnose and treat the disease.  This leaves many patients having to seek advice by private means, often abroad which places an additional burden on people who already ill.

Due to the large farming community found in Ireland and also the attraction of Ireland's beautiful land and seascapes to overseas visitors, we need to do more to raise awareness and protection.  By making Lyme disease notifiable we could be placing greater importance on quicker and more reliable diagnosis amongst the medical population and help prevent an ever deepening health and financial (due to ill health) crisis.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

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What is Lyme Disease?  Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness transmitted through the bite of a tick.  Symptoms in the early stages of the disease can include a bulls eye rash, flu-symptoms and a fever.  If you notice these symptoms go to your GP without delay and explain that you were bitten by a tick.  Some patients may remain asymptomatic and carry the disease for a number of years symptom free.  However late stage Lyme disease can crop up years later with debilitating symptoms, including profound fatigue, tremours, weakness, dizziness, nausea, joint & muscle pain, sore throats, tingling, brain fog and headaches.  The symptoms greatly mimic those of ME, MS & Parkinson's Disease.

The best form of treatment is through antibiotics.  The longer you have been infected the harder it is to eradicate.  This is why we are calling for quicker recognition and treatment of the disease.

Please sign the petition below to help us make Lyme Disease notifiable in Ireland - thank you!

Can you spare a few moments to complete our Lyme survey?
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=qqrP_2bn_2bqPQSryRKHMTyJ1w_3d_3d

Thank you!

For more information check out our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=44960753282


 
Dr Paul McKeown
Specialist in Public Health Medicine
Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Dublin

Mary Harney TD
Minister for Health
Department of Health and Children
Hawkins House
Dublin 2

President of the European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60
B-1047 Bruxelles

We, the undersigned, would like to make a call to the Department of Health, Ireland to make Lyme Disease a notifiable illness.  Our reason for this recommendation is that there is little support and knowledge available to Lyme disease patients.  People have been infected overseas and some have been infected here in Ireland.  The overwhelming response from talking to these patients is that there is little recognition among the medical community, on the best way to diagnose and treat the disease.  This leaves many patients having to seek advice by private means, often abroad which places an additional burden on people who already ill. 

Due to the large farming community found in Ireland and also the attraction of Ireland's beautiful land and seascapes to overseas visitors, we need to do more to raise awareness and protection.  By making Lyme disease notifiable we could be placing greater importance on quicker and more reliable diagnosis amongst the medical population and help prevent an ever deepening health and financial (due to ill health) crisis.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

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