Important! The World Health Organization has updated their ICD codes and interestingly enough..Congenital Lyme Borreliosis has been included!
Congenital Lyme is an alternate mode of transmission of Lyme - from infected mother to her baby in-utero - thus the narrative changes from a purely zoonotic disease (from tick to human), to one that can be transferred human to human, mother to child.
This is HUGE! Recognition of this REALITY that has been known about and documented for over 30 years..we will see what happens next and of course we will be sharing this exciting international recognition of Congenital Lyme Borreliosis with the Public Health Agency of Canada.
What are ICD codes? 'The International Classification of Disease, Eleventh Revision (ICD-11) is a system of medical coding created by the World Health Organization (WHO) for documenting diagnoses, diseases, signs and symptoms and social circumstances.'
Thanks to the tireless work of Jenna Luche-Thayer and the Ad Hoc Committee for Health Equity for their unrelenting pursuit of human rights and ensuring that Lyme disease gets the recognition, attention and funding it deserves and most importantly, that those who suffer get appropriate care, support and treatment, including babies and children infected from birth.
A more detailed report about these updated WHO guidelines can be found here:
Check out the updated codes for yourself..on link below
Lyme and Pregnancy Resources:
LymeHope Presentation on Maternal Child Transmission of Lyme Disease:
32 Years of documentation on transplacental (mother to child) transmission of Lyme disease/congenital Lyme/adverse outcomes:
LymeHope Updates on Lyme and Pregnancy/Congenital Lyme