Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called for urgent action to address the “alarming” spread of Lyme borreliosis in Europe.
While it is estimated that in the region of a million European Union (EU) citizens are affected by the disease, the true extent of the prevalence of Lyme borreliosis in the EU is unknown. However, MEPs say the scale of the epidemic now constitutes a European-wide health problem.
On Thursday (15 November 2018) MEPs adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to draw up plans to combat the disease at European level, “in accordance with the seriousness of this silent epidemic”.
The MEPs said the Commission should put uniform surveillance programmes in place and work with Member States on facilitating standardised diagnostic tests and treatments. They also called for mandatory reporting in all Member States affected by the disease, as well as promotion of individual tick prevention and control measures.
MEPs also called for the development of evidence-based guidelines on the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of Lyme disease and to encourage doctors to carry out clinical examination even if serology tests are negative.
The resolution will now be forwarded to the Commission.