Tick Borne-Diseases

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Determinants of human risk of Lyme disease in the Eastern United States

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the US, with approximately 30,000 cases reported annually.

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Babesiosis emergence in the Eastern United States

Human babesiosis is a rapidly emerging tick-borne zoonosis in the United States caused by the protozoan Babesia microti and transmitted by Ixodes scapularis, the Lyme disease vector.

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Eco-Epidemiology of Lyme disease on Block Island, Rhode Island

The number of cases of Lyme disease and babesiosis has increased dramatically in recent years.

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Effect of host community composition on the prevalence and genetic makeup of tick-borne pathogens

The composition of the vertebrate host community has been proposed to influence the prevalence and genetic makeup of B. burgdorferi, the Lyme disease agent.

Urban Diseases

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Climate change, water insecurity, and urban dengue transmission in variable landscapes

This transdiciplinary project seeks to understand the effects household adaptation to climate-driven water insecurity on the abundance and productivity of the mosquito vectors of the dengue virus.

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Environmental determinants of urban diseases in slum communities in Salvador, Brazil

Currently, half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and one billion live in slum communities. While there has been an increased interest in predicting the spread of urban slum areas, few studies have examined urban ecology and land use in these areas.

West Nile Virus

Host Diversity and West Nile Virus Transmission in the United States

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Increased host diversity has been proposed to decrease human risk for infection with certain zoonotic diseases. This occurs by diversion of vector feeding away from the most competent hosts onto less competent ones.