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Effects of Climate Change on Lyme Disease Incidence: A Literature Review

Merritt, Rachel (2022) Effects of Climate Change on Lyme Disease Incidence: A Literature Review. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States and Europe. This literature review will summarize and analyze the research on Lyme Disease and climate change. Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that is spread through the bite of an infected tick. Lyme disease can be found in over 80 countries and is endemic North America, Europe, and Asia. The research included in this literature review describes and measures how climate change is affecting tick populations and therefore tick-borne diseases, specifically Lyme Disease. In recent years many studies have concluded that climate change has the potential to contribute to the geographic expansion of ticks due to an increase in temperatures. These changes in habitat range can lead to Lyme disease becoming endemic in new areas. Climate change may also affect the tick life cycle and host population distribution which can influence Lyme disease incidence. This review is relevant to public health because the identification of changes in at-risk populations for Lyme disease gives the opportunity for proper precautions to be made for those populations. A proactive approach to addressing this issue can help prepare medical care professionals, public health officials, and the public for the growing threat of Lyme disease in multiple geographic regions


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Merritt, Rachelrmm146@pitt.edurmm146
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGivens, Daviddlg43@pitt.edudlg43UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSalter, Cynthiacys6@pitt.educys6UNSPECIFIED
Date: 16 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 39
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 13:29
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 13:29


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