The Republic of Ireland

From September 2011, Lyme disease was listed as a notifable disease in the Republic of Ireland, where clinicians should notify cases to the Director of Public Health/Medical Officer of Health for the area of residence of the patient. Prior to it becoming a notifiable illness, there was no voluntary surveillance scheme and therefore the annual number of cases have been unknown.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), Ireland, states that although the true incidence of Lyme disease is not known, it is likely that there are at least 50 – 100 cases in Ireland every year.