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Ecohealth. 2019 Mar 1. doi: 10.1007/s10393-019-01401-x. [Epub ahead of print]

The Association Between Hunter-Killed Deer and Lyme Disease in New Jersey, 2000-2014.

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1
Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive 5B7, Fairfax, VA, 22030, USA.
2
Department of Global and Community Health, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive 5B7, Fairfax, VA, 22030, USA. kjacobse@gmu.edu.

Abstract

Years when the deer population is robust during the autumn hunting season may point toward an elevated risk of Lyme disease (LD) in the human population two summers later. We applied overdispersed Poisson regression models to county-specific data from New Jersey for each year from 2000 to 2014. The average relative risk of LD for each additional hunter-killed deer per square mile was 1.12 (1.10, 1.14) for 2000-2007 and 1.11 (1.09, 1.13) for 2008-2014. The hunting data already collected for conservation and wildlife management purposes may be a relevant component of LD surveillance activities.

KEYWORDS:

Deer; Lyme disease; Spatial analysis; Ticks; USA

PMID:
30825021
DOI:
10.1007/s10393-019-01401-x

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