Killarney woman calls for more awareness and more GP training on Lyme disease

A Killarney woman has called for more awareness and more GP training on Lyme Disease, after it emerged that there’s been a ten-fold increase in incidence of the disease in Ireland.

It’s also emerged that Kerry is one of the counties with the highest number of diagnosed cases.

Linda Mannix from Faha, Killarney was eventually diagnosed with Lyme after years of undergoing tests and seeing various medical specialists.

Her two-year old son also contracted the disease, after both were bitten by tics outside their home, which is close to Killarney National Park.

Ms Mannix was reacting to an investigative piece in today’s Irish Examiner by Donal Hickey, which shows serious problems with both the diagnosis and documenting of the condition in Ireland.

She says that while both she and her son tested negative for Lyme in this country, they subsequently tested positive after blood samples were sent to a German laboratory.

She says it’s time the HSE ensured that GPs were properly trained in diagnosing Lyme: