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Lyme Disease

Health written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

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.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

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.

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