Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland 2010
One concerning trend in zoonoses, i.e.
diseases that can be transmitted from
animals to humans, is that shown by the
increase in lyme disease, a tickborne
disorder. The rise cannot be accounted for
purely by changes in laboratory protocols
or in the number or demographics of
patients tested. Variations in climatic
conditions and alterations in clinical
presentations may have contributed to
this continuing rise year on year. This is
also likely to be impacted by improved
recognition and clinical suspicion.
In England and Wales, the provisional figures for the first 3 quarters of 2011 have just been released. The laboratory confirmed cases for weeks 1-39 (approx. Jan – Sept) rose from 768 in 2010 to 968 this year – an increase of 26%.