Grahame Morris MP calls for urgent action to tackle Lyme Disease as concerns mount

Easington MP Grahame Morris has called for urgent action to tackle Lyme Disease.

Lyme disease, or Lyme Borreliosis, is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. However, concerns have been raised that the true number of people suffering from Lyme Disease is not known, and that there needs to be greater awareness of the disease among the public and healthcare professionals.

Lyme disease is widespread throughout the UK, yet many people are still unaware of the risks.  Doctors need to be trained to recognise the symptoms and make a clinical diagnosis rather than relying on tests which need improving.

An event was held with Lyme Disease specialists, doctors and charities in Parliament regarding the growing problem of Lyme Disease in the UK.

Speaking after the event, Grahame Morris MP said: “More and more people are suffering from Lyme Disease, but it is a disease which many healthcare professionals and ordinary people do not know anything about.

“We urgently need new measures to determine the true incidence, prevalence and risk of Lyme Disease in the UK, and an awareness campaign for healthcare professionals and for the public, otherwise more and more will be left without appropriate treatment.”

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