What We Do
Tick Talk Ireland was set up January 2009 by two sufferers, Jenny O'Dea & Janet Fitzgerald. Alarmed by the lack of knowledge & support in Ireland regarding this serious and often over-looked disease, the co-founders set up a facebook discussion & information page to help others dealing with tick-borne diseases. In the summer of 2009 a blog site was created with links to Tick Talk articles, Lyme groups in Europe & North America & tips from Lyme treating doctors on diagnosis and management of symptoms. The group was joined in 2010 by Lyme sufferers, Pauline Reid & John Ahern. Tick Talk Ireland aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Ensure that physicians are made aware of the need for early treatment to prevent a more serious & incurable state of infection.
- Encourage interested parties to undertake training of Lyme management (via the ILADS physician training program). Contact us here for more information about this.
- Encourage government funding & university research on Lyme symptoms & the spread of Lyme in Ireland.
- Undertake projects and Lyme awareness events to inform the public of the threat of Lyme disease in Ireland.
- Disseminate information on Lyme prevention and treatment by distribution of leaflets, posters and postcards.
- Liaise with similar bodies and support groups in the UK, Europe and the United States with a view to sharing information and advancements in relation to Lyme Disease.
- Encourage ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) & MS (multiple sclerosis) patients to be tested for Lyme disease due to the similarity of symptoms in both conditions.
Important Note: This website is intended for information purposes only and should not be substituted for medical advice by a practicing physician.