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To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 233-34W, on Lyme disease, whether he has plans to record confirmed cases of Lyme disease; if he will make Lyme disease a notifiable disease; and whether he has had discussions with the Scottish Executive on the co-ordination of methods to collect data on the number of cases of Lyme disease.
Borrelia spp, the causative agent of Lyme disease, was made a notifiable causative agent in the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010, and all laboratory isolations of Borrelia spp in a human sample must now be notified to the Health Protection Agency in England. This mirrors arrangements in Scotland, where Borrelia burgdorferi is a notifiable causative agent under the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008.