Petition calls for more support for Lyme disease

Posted by Tony Ryan on 08/02/2012
A hungry tick. Photo: www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk

Lyme disease patients and their carers, families and friends are organising a petition to present to the UK government, asking that clinics and specialists dedicated to the treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases may be established.

Changes in farming practices and global warming mean that there are more ticks in the countryside in many parts of Europe. Those participating in outdoor activities are particularly at risk.

The petition is calling for more research and monitoring of tick-borne infections, and more skilled treatment for those afflicted. The petition will be presented to 10 Downing Street on the 9th of May 2012, when a small peaceful protest at the Department of Health in Whitehall London (from noon until 4:00pm) is also planned.

Background information on the petition

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08/02/2012
Lyme Disease is an horrendous illness. Please take it very seriously and try to raise awareness amongst others. Please sign the petition. It would be great if BMC members could attend the demo, as many Lyme sufferers are too ill to be there themselves.
Anonymous User
10/02/2012
It is really important that people are more aware of this horrid disease. My daughter contracted it in Bradgate Park when she was a child and it took nearly ten years for her to get a diagnosis. She went through a terrible time.

After treatment she is fit and well and lives in France. Over there people who live in the country know all about ticks and tick borne illness and regularly check themselves when they have been walking.

Most GP's seem to know nothing about this illness which devastates people's lives. It is a perfectly treatable bacterial infection, but doctors need to have the information to correctly diagnose people

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