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Pennsylvania Lyme disease prevention program

Lunn, Kirsten (2014) Pennsylvania Lyme disease prevention program. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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As of 2013, Pennsylvania (PA) has the highest Lyme disease case count (number of cases) in the United States (US). Lyme disease has become a disease of significant public health concern. There were 4,981 confirmed cases in PA in 2013, yet this number may be ten times higher due to underreporting. Lyme disease impacts all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. However, the highest rates in PA are among whites, males, and those between the ages of 5 to 14 and above 55. Risk for Lyme disease is dependent upon the number of ticks infected with B. burgdorferi, the density of ticks in the environment, and the extent of contact between a person and ticks. In order to reduce the Lyme disease incidence rate in PA, it is recommended that the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) implement a Lyme Disease Prevention Program (Program). An effective Program will have two components: a pilot program delivered through the Chester County Health Department in Chester County, PA, and a statewide program. The pilot will utilize advisory committees on county-, district-, and state-levels to involve stakeholders and to inform future Program activities and will implement prevention education for the general public and health care professionals. The statewide program will implement education for the public and health care professionals. This paper outlines the goals, objectives, activities, and budget for the Program.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lunn, Kirsten
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Geraldgbarron@pitt.eduGBARRONUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberVoorhees, Ronaldrev12@pitt.eduREV12UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberFaley, Keri-Annkfaley@pa.govUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 25 November 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 20:52
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 19:08


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