Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, recently attended an event in Parliament to raise awareness of Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease, a crippling tick-borne infection which can become chronic, debilitating and disabling condition if not treated, is not currently a notifiable disease in the UK. Numbers of new cases per year remains unknown, with estimates ranging from 3000 – 4000, with treatment for the disease varying.
The event, held in conjunction with Lyme Disease UK, a patient support network, was attended by over 30 MPs from across the country.
Mr Wilson continues to challenge the government to take the issue of Lyme Disease more seriously. He has written to the Minister several times to demand better action is taken to raise awareness and treat Lyme Disease.
Speaking after the event Phil Wilson MP said:
“There is a real lack of awareness of the dangers which Lyme Disease presents those infected, and many GPs are not aware of how best to treat it.
“I hope events like this can raise greater awareness of the disease and its implications, so those suffering with it can receive better treatment.”