Lyme disease surveillance in the United States: Looking for ways to cut the Gordian knot

Summary Current surveillance methods have been useful to document geographic expansion of Lyme disease in the United States and to monitor the increasing incidence of this major public health problem. Nevertheless, these approaches are resource‐intensive, generate results that are difficult to compare across jurisdictions, and measure less than the total burden of disease. By adopting more efficient methods, resources could be diverted instead to education of at‐risk populations and new approaches to prevention. In this special issue of Zoonoses and Public Health, seven articles are presented that either evaluate traditional Lyme disease surveillance methods or explore alternatives that have the potential to be less costly, more reliable, and sustainable. Twenty‐five years have passed since Lyme disease became a notifiable condition – it is time to reevaluate the purpose and goals of national surveillance.
Source: Zoonoses and Public Health - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: OPINION Source Type: research

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Source: Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Parasites and Vectors - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Short report Source Type: research
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Source: EcoHealth - Category: Environmental Health Source Type: research
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, Ahead of Print.
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Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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Publication date: Available online 6 December 2019Source: Ticks and Tick-borne DiseasesAuthor(s): Hein Sprong, Sander Moonen, Sipke E. van Wieren, Tim R. HofmeesterAbstractCattle grazing has been suggested to reduce the risk for Lyme borreliosis by decreasing the density of questing Ixodes ricinus infected with Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. We tested the hypotheses that cattle grazing used in woodland management decreases the density of questing I. ricinus, and that it decreases the nympal infection prevalence of B. burgdorferi sensu lato. We further expected the nympal infection prevalence of tick-borne pathogens that ...
Source: Ticks and Tick borne Diseases - Category: Zoology Source Type: research
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