Tick-borne Infectious Diseases in Australia


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

Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
1h : 0m
Immune System Diseases
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Nurse / Midwife, Pharmacist, Researcher, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner
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