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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2015

Author(s): Boehnke, D; Brugger, K; Pfäffle, M; Sebastian, P; Norra, S; Petney, T; Oehme, R; Littwin, N; Lebl, K; Raith, J; Walter, M; Gebhardt, R; Rubel, F

Title: Estimating Ixodes ricinus densities on the landscape scale.

Source: Int J Health Geogr. 2015; 14:23



Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Bakran-Lebl Karin
Brugger Katharina
Raith Johannes
Rubel Franz
Walter Melanie

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, Unit of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology


Abstract:
The study describes the estimation of the spatial distribution of questing nymphal tick densities by investigating Ixodes ricinus in Southwest Germany as an example. The production of high-resolution maps of questing tick densities is an important key to quantify the risk of tick-borne diseases. Previous I. ricinus maps were based on quantitative as well as semi-quantitative categorisations of the tick density observed at study sites with different vegetation types or indices, all compiled on local scales. Here, a quantitative approach on the landscape scale is introduced.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Environment*
Germany/epidemiology
Insect Vectors
Ixodes/growth & development*
Lyme Disease
Poisson Distribution
Population Density
Tick Infestations/epidemiology*


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