Spatial analysis of human Lyme disease risk in an endemic county
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An understanding of the factors that drive spatial variation in human Lyme disease risk is important for appropriate development and implementation of public health interventions. Yet, these factors are poorly understood. This dissertation utilized fine-scale environmental and human Lyme disease data from a single county to quantify the spatial distribution of human Lyme disease occurring 2001-2011 and to evaluate whether spatial variation in disease risk was explained by several factors, including land use, land cover, deer density, and tick infestation on deer. All studies were conducted ...