Thousands suffer from it, and the symptoms are devastating, and often fatal.
It can be easily treated if caught early, but Australia's brightest scientific and medical minds have been at loggerheads for almost two decades over whether or not it's here. Some say it is without a doubt, and they can prove it.
The existence of Lyme disease is medically recognised around the world, and although millions suffer, they can get immediate treatment.
Here in Australia it's a different story. It’s a daily battle for those with Lyme disease to even be heard.
The disease, also known as Lyme Borreliosis, is an infectious disease with insidious results.
Ticks are the major culprits for spreading Lyme disease, and it lurks in our backyards as well as our bush.
The ticks are found rimming Australia's coastline. A single bite from such a tiny tick can crumple healthy lives into decay.
France Family Funerals want as much coverage on this issue as possible, given one of our own family has been confirmed with the disease.
Come on NSW Health... how many people have to suffer before you recognise it exists?
Please watch the following story that appeared on Today Tonight on Monday, 13 February, 2012.