Regular CLL Forum readers would be familiar with warnings about the risk of getting Lyme Disease from ticks However in Australia, no causative agent for this illness has been isolated from local ticks or wildlife, and the most commonly encountered tick in Australia has been shown to be unable to transit the strain of bacteria that causes this. Australia and the Antarctic are the only continents where the 18 different species of bacteria that cause Lyme disease are NOT found.
You are still at risk of getting other infections from ticks in Australia, along with potentially fatal tick paralysis and mammalian meat allergy. The risk of exposure is highest on the east coast of Australia, which is also the most populated part of the continent.
With the different risks from Australian ticks, there is growing consensus that killing the tick in place may be best way to minimise the risk of severe allergic reactions. The article below covers some methods for doing this but highlights the need for some clinical trials to identify the best methods. Any volunteers?
(Includes a reference to an interesting article on the controversy surrounding the diagnosis of Lyme Disease in Australia plus some interesting feedback of anecdotal methods of removing ticks.)