Lyme Resource Centre is a charity with a mission to educate the public and medical profession about Lyme disease and related tick-borne co-infections and work with others to research ways to combat all tick-borne illnesses.
We are celebrating the launch of our charity. Lyme Resource Centre was registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator, on 21st March 2019. Irish registration is also intended.
Our first steps will be to provide an information section on this website and develop public information leaflets for distribution. We then intend to run training sessions for GPs and other healthcare staff.
The Telegraph reports on a deadly new tick-borne virus. It is not present in the UK, but it is spreading rapidly throughout Asia.
The new virus – severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) – is spread by tick bites, has a fatality rate around 30 per cent, no effective treatment, and should be treated as a biosafety level three pathogen, on a par with diseases such as Ebola.
On Friday 22nd November, a representative from Lyme Resource Centre attended a meeting in Liverpool hosted by the National Institute for Health Research and involving Public Health England, Liverpool University Institute of Infection and Global Health, and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. It also included sessions lead by representatives of the Scottish Lyme Disease and Tick-borne Infections Reference Laboratory (SLDTRL) based at Raigmore Hospital and the Health Protection Scotland Lyme Disease sub-group.
The 2nd European Crypto-Infections Conference is being held in Dublin, Ireland on 27th-28th March 2020, looking behind the science of Lyme Disease and co-infections.
A position paper written by our trustees.
"Fiona Stalker travels around Scotland to investigate the spread of Lyme disease. One tiny tick under the skin can cause chronic illness but GPs are often slow to diagnose and to give treatment. Fiona hears from sufferers who feel let down by the health service and asks what more can be done to combat this debilitating disease."