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Diagnosing Lyme disease

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 08 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:121

Support group is needed in the United Kingdom

  1. Paul Wright, consultant microbiologist (
  1. Conquest Hospital, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN37 7RD
  2. Lyme Disease Resource Center, PO Box 1423, Ukiah, CA 95482, US

    EDITOR—Wilson, in his personal view on contracting Lyme disease, has shown how difficult it can be in the United Kingdom to secure this diagnosis and receive appropriate advice and support.1

    In August 1996 the Daily Telegraph magazine published an article about Lyme disease. At the end of the piece was an offer of a copy of a leaflet on the disease, published by the Association of Medical Microbiologists. Within a month of publication I had received over 900 requests for the leaflet. Most requests were from people whose work or leisure activities put them at potential risk of …

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