Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (783)

Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

783. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Health the status of the consideration of the scientific advisory committee of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre of the report of the lyme borreliosis sub-committee October 2019; the steps taken to improve testing, treatment and management of lyme borreliosis based on its consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5203/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) is responsible for the surveillance of notifiable infectious diseases such as Lyme disease. The Scientific Advisory Committee of the HPSC established a Lyme Borreliosis Subcommittee to look at ways of increasing public awareness. Part of the work of the Subcommittee is to ensure that all GPs are familiar with identifying and managing Lyme disease. The HPSC website (hpsc.ie) provides extensive information on Lyme disease diagnosis, treatment and how to avoid tick bites for the general public and health professionals.

As this PQ refers to operational matters regarding Lyme disease, I have referred it to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.