Date lodged: 24 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many cases of Lyme disease have been diagnosed in each of the last five years, and what estimate it has made of the number of undiagnosed cases.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 5 June 2018
The following table shows the number of laboratory confirmed cases of Borrelia burgdorferi reported to Health Protection Scotland (HPS). 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. To date HPS have not estimated the number of undiagnosed cases.
Laboratory reports of Borrelia burgdorferi to HPS by year