Big tick for this bit­ing re­search

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

IF YOU live on the Mid North Coast and haven’t been bit­ten by a tick, count your­self lucky.

Tick bites are a com­mon oc­cur­rence, so much so that this week the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced $3 mil­lion of fund­ing for two stud­ies that will aim to re­duce the de­bil­i­tat­ing symp­toms at­trib­uted to tick bites.

“I have spo­ken with nu­mer­ous peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who have had their lives, and those of their fam­i­lies, af­fected by chronic symp­toms as­so­ci­ated with tick bites, such as fa­tigue, arthri­tis, chronic pain, headaches and on­go­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal symp­toms.” said Fed­eral Mem­ber for Page Kevin Ho­gan

“It’s clear we need tar­geted re­search to bet­ter un­der­stand the prob­lem and to de­velop di­ag­nos­tics and treat­ments for those with these symp­toms.”

Al­most $3 mil­lion will be in­vested over five years for re­search to bet­ter un­der­stand the causes of these symp­toms, with the longer-term aim of de­vel­op­ing treat­ments.

Pro­fes­sor Peter Ir­win from Mur­doch Univer­sity will re­ceive more than $1.9 mil­lion for his re­search to de­ter­mine the causes of the symp­tom com­plexes at­trib­uted to ticks (DSCATT).

The project brings to­gether a na­tional team of clin­i­cians and med­i­cal sci­en­tists to im­prove out­comes for pa­tients.

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