Modellin Lyme Disease Host Animal Habitat Suitability for Officer Cadets

Research Paper Title

Modeling Lyme disease host animal habitat suitability, West Point, New York.

Abstract

As the most frequently reported vector-borne disease among active component U.S. service members, with an incidence rate of 16 cases per 100,000 person-years in 2011, Lyme disease poses both a challenge to healthcare providers in the Military Health System and a threat to military readiness.

Spread through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, infection with the bacterial cause of Lyme disease can have lasting effects that may lead to medical discharge from the military.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is situated in a highly endemic area in New York State.

To identify probable areas where West Point cadets as well as active duty service members stationed at West Point and their families might contract Lyme disease, this study used Geographic Information System mapping methods and remote sensing data to replicate an established spatial model to identify the likely habitat of a key host animal – the white-tailed deer.

Reference

Schubert, S.L. & Melanson, V.R. (2019) Modeling Lyme disease host animal habitat suitability, West Point, New York. MSMR. 26(4), pp.2-6.

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