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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16865: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 24 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how the trend in the number of cases of Lyme disease compares with the rest of (a) the UK and (b) Europe.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 5 June 2018

The following table shows the most recently published (up to 2016) laboratory confirmed cases of Lyme disease for the UK:

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

England and Wales

797

813

863

905

959

1040

936

856

1060

1136

Scotland

230

285

228

308

229

207

176

224

200

170

Northern Ireland

0

0

2

0

1

2

6

1

2

4

These numbers are likely to underestimate the total number of cases of Lyme disease, because current guidance recommends that health care professionals treat patients presenting with the erythma migrans rash immediately with antibiotics, without requiring laboratory testing. This makes a direct comparison of the data difficult.

Lyme disease is not routinely reported to the European Council for Disease Control (ECDC) so there is no directly comparable data published by ECDC.