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International Symposium on Tick-Borne Pathogens and Disease, ITPD 2019

8-11 September 2019

Co-organised by ESGBOR and the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP)

Vienna, Austria

Topics:

  • Tick research
  • Tick-borne pathogens
  • Tick-borne diseases: anaplasmosis, bartonellosis, borrelioses, relapsing fever, rickettsioses, tick-borne meningoencephalitis, others
  • Pathogenicity, Immunology
  • Diagnosis and management of tick-borne diseases
  • Laboratory support in diagnosis of tick-borne diseases: relevance of results
  • Epidemiology
  • Prevention

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The EU parliament has adopted a resolution on Lyme borreliosis

ESGBOR welcomes the call of the EU parliament for additional epidemiological surveillance, funding and research for this tick-borne infection, and improvement of patient diagnosis and diagnostic testing.

Unfortunately, the resolution is based on exaggerated rumours such as “silent epidemic” spread by ticks, that remains underdiagnosed and affects around one million Europeans.

ESGBOR would welcome support from the EU parliament addressing the issue of false rumours about Lyme borreliosis. It is also time to combat the provision of non-validated diagnostics testing, deceptive Lyme borreliosis diagnosis and inappropriate treatment. Causing unnecessary concern about a disease may also cause harm and is an important public health problem.

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