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Hospitalisation Due To Lyme Disease: Case Series In British Forces Germany
  1. Lt Col B C Baker, MB ChB MRCGP DipSport&TI RAMC, Regional Clinical Director1,
  2. Lt Col A M Croft, MA MBBS MSc MIL DMCC DTM&H FFPHM RAMC, Director of Public Health2 and
  3. Brig C R Winfield, MA BCh DCH FRCP L/RAMC, Director of Secondary3
  1. 1Paderborn, Talbot Barracks, BFPO 16
  2. 2Headquarters British Forces Germany Health Service, BFPO 40
  3. 3Healthcare, Secondary Healthcare Admin Centre, BFPO 39


Lyme disease is a tick-transmitted infection with disabling sequelae and important occupational health implications for a military workforce. It is likely that some military patients with typical clinical signs remain undiagnosed and untreated. Prompt treatment with an antibiotic is essential, besides targeted education on preventing infection through avoiding exposure to tick bites. We describe four British Forces Germany personnel (two serving military personnel, one adult civilian, one child) who during 2002–2003 required hospital inpatient treatment for Lyme disease. The epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of the disease are discussed.

  • Lyme Disease
  • British Army
  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Occupational Health

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