Alternative methods for treating Lyme Borreliosis are being evaluated. Photo::Erlend Aas/Scanpix.

Methods for detecting tick-borne disease in Sweden questioned

"A number of patients are unsatisfied."
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Doctors in Sweden miss hundreds of cases of tick-borne Lyme Disease every year with a number of Swedes opting for treatment in Germany, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter.  There is little agreemennt among Swedish medical practitioners about the best way to diagnose thousands of annual cases of tick-borne Lyme Disease and now the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet) has been forced to act.

The results from SMI's evaluation of various testing and treatment methods are due to be presented next month.

Tens of thousands of Swedes are infected with Lyme Disease each year, according to a report by newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

It says that doctors here agree that methods for testing Lyme Disease are not completely reliable, which has led to Swedes seeking diagnosis and treatment in Germany and Norway where alternative methods are used for detection.

It costs over SEK 100,000 for testing and treatment of Lyme disease at a laboratory in Augsburg, Germany. Nevertheless, 200-300 Swedes go to the Germany for the treatment every year.

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