Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, affects 27,000 people every year in France. It is an infection caused by bacteria transmitted during a tick bite. The infection is often without symptoms. However, it can cause a sometimes disabling illness (lasting joint pain, partial paralysis of limbs …).
Raise awareness and protest
Sensitizing and protesting are the two goals of the International Day Against Lyme Disease. Raise awareness about prevention: Ticks in forests, gardens and fields can contaminate hikers and anyone in contact with nature.
France Lyme, the association against vector-borne tick-borne diseases, also wants to express a strong protest denouncing the inadequacy of diagnostic tests for tick-borne diseases as well as serious research into these pathologies. The following report illustrates this delay in scientific research for lack of funding.