Tick-borne Infectious Diseases in AustraliaDescription
The incidence of tick-related medical problems in Australia is largely unknown. Appropriate diagnostic tests are not always available. Of all tick-related diseases, only Q fever is notifiable. However, many patients present to their doctor after a tick bite.
This module focuses on tick-borne infections, but also touches briefly on other medical problems caused by tick bites.Learning Outcomes
- Be aware that tick bites in Australia can lead to a variety of illnesses in patients, including infection, allergies, paralysis, autoimmune disease, post-infection fatigue and Australian multi-system disorder
- List the three species of local ticks transmitting bacterial infection.
Authors: Stephen R Graves, John Stenos
Article Type: Narrative review