Spatially Scalable Integrated Tick Vector/Rodent Reservoir Management to Reduce Human Risk of Exposure to Ixodes scapularis Ticks Infected with Lyme Disease Spirochetes

Funding Agency:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lyme disease, caused primarily by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto in the United States, is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease with >30,000 confirmed or probable cases reported annually and a recent estimate suggesting that ten-fold more cases may occur.  There is currently no human vaccine against B. burgdorferi.  However, tick/pathogen control efforts that combine killing of host-seeking ticks with targeting of natural rodent reservoirs for B. burgdorferi can reduce the abundance of host-seeking infected ticks on residential properties.  The purpose of the project is to advance knowledge of the impact of protection of single versus multiple adjacent properties - in relation to human landscape use patterns and tick exposure locations – to reduce human exposure to ticks infected with Lyme disease spirochetes. 

Deadline: Feb. 2, 2016

Agency Website

Amount

$300,000

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Medical
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 2, 2016