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Use of Mass-Participation Outdoor Events to Assess Human Exposure to Tickborne Pathogens

Hall, J. L. et Alpers, K. et Bown, K. J. et Martin, S. J. et Birtles, R. J. (2017). Use of Mass-Participation Outdoor Events to Assess Human Exposure to Tickborne Pathogens. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23 (3). p. 463-467. DOI: 10.3201/eid2303.161397.

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Résumé

Mapping the public health threat of tickborne pathogens requires quantification of not only the density of infected host-seeking ticks but also the rate of human exposure to these ticks. To efficiently sample a high number of persons in a short time, we used a mass-participation outdoor event. In June 2014, we sampled ≈500 persons competing in a 2-day mountain marathon run across predominantly tick-infested habitat in Scotland. From the number of tick bites recorded and prevalence of tick infection with Borrelia burgdoferi sensu lato and B. miyamotoi, we quantified the frequency of competitor exposure to the pathogens. Mass-participation outdoor events have the potential to serve as excellent windows for epidemiologic study of tickborne pathogens; their concerted use should improve spatial and temporal mapping of human exposure to infected ticks.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: outdoor Lyme deseace prévention Ticks VAPEN
Déposé par: Veille References
Date de dépôt: 29 mars 2017 13:22
Dernière modification: 29 mars 2017 13:22
URI: http://bel.uqtr.ca/id/eprint/3435

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