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Study putting controversial disease under microscope

NEW HOPE: Lyme disease patient Jenine Glenn hopes a University of Sydney study can help quell the controversy surrounding the disease in Australia.
NEW HOPE: Lyme disease patient Jenine Glenn hopes a University of Sydney study can help quell the controversy surrounding the disease in Australia. Trevor Veale

A NEW study being undertaken by University of Sydney researchers could shine new light on Lyme disease in Australia and give hopes to sufferers.

With a home-grown cause for sufferers' symptoms not yet identified, the issue remains controversial, but Coffs Harbour's Jenine Glenn hopes the study will go some way to providing sufferers with answers.

Since she started experiencing symptoms 18 months ago, Jenine has repeatedly been told it is all in her head by doctors unwilling to accept Lyme disease as a possibility.

The vet nurse and wife of the late Wayne Glenn has experienced swelling, chronic fatigue, blisters and heart issues among a raft of other symptoms.

It wasn't until she started seeing Dr Trevor Cheney in Bellingen she started to get some relief.

"I'm up and walking now," Jenine said.

"In Brisbane they just kept saying it was all in my head."

The study hopes to learn more about which pathogens are associated with Australian Lyme disease patients by comparing blood samples from patients with healthy control subjects.

"It's a fairly broad study as far as I can see," Jenine said. "It's trying to determine a genetic basis for Australia.

"It should have been done years ago. Being a vet nurse and being in the animal industry, it just seems obvious because borrelia is one of the things we have to test for to bring dogs into the country."

Anyone interested in taking part can phone Dr Ann Mitrovic on 93513217 or email ann.mitrovic@sydney.edu.au

Topics:  editors picks health lyme disease study university of sydney


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