Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the US, with approximately 30,000 cases reported annually. We have developed the first standardized spatial risk model for human infection with B. burgdorferi in the eastern United States. This map provides the public, health agencies and clinicians with critical information on the distribution of this pathogen.
Research in my lab seeks to understand the processes driving the epidemics of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases at multiple spatial scales. We have identified climatic, landscape and tick activity correlates of Lyme disease risk, including the distribution of highly pathogenic strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease agent.