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Lyme Disease The Ecology of a Complex System,9780199928477

Lyme Disease The Ecology of a Complex System

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 6/12/2012
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Most human diseases come from nature, from pathogens that live and breed in non-human animals and are "accidentally" transmitted to us. Human illness is only the culmination of a complex series of interactions among species in their natural habitats. To avoid exposure to these pathogens, we must understand which species are involved, what regulates their abundance, and how they interact. Lyme Disease affects the lives of millions of people in the US, Europe, and Asia. It is the most frequently reported vector-borne disease in the United States; About 20,000 cases have been reported each year over the past five years, and tens of thousands more go unrecognized and unreported. Despite the epidemiological importance of understanding variable LD risk, such pursuit has been slow, indirect, and only partially successful, due in part to an overemphasis on identifying the small subset of 'key players' that contribute to Lyme Disease risk, as well as a general misunderstanding of effective treatment options. This controversial book explores is a comprehensive, synthetic review of research on the ecology of Lyme Disaease in North America. It describes how humans get sick, why some years and places are so risky and others not. It challenges dogma - for instance, that risk is closely tied to the abundance of deer - and replaces it with a new understanding that embraces the complexity of species and their interactions. It describes why the place where Lyme disease emerged - coastal New England - set researchers on mistaken pathways. It shows how tiny acorns have enormous impacts on our probability of getting sick, why biodiversity is good for our health, why living next to a small woodlot is dangerous, and why Lyme disease is an excellent model system for understanding many other human and animal diseases. Intended for an audience of professional and student ecologists, epidemiologists, and other health scientists, it is written in an informal style accessible to non-scientists interested in human health and conservation.

Author Biography

Richard S. Ostfeld is Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. Ostfeld's research has resulted in more than 150 scientific publications and has been covered on National Public Radio, the New York Times, USA Today, The Associated Press, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Time, Newsweek, and BBC World Service.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Discoveryp. 11
It's the Deerp. 21
It's the Micep. 39
It's the Weatherp. 59
Questioning Dogmap. 79
Embracing Complexity: Food Websp. 93
Embracing Complexity: Biodiversityp. 113
Embracing Complexity: Ecosystem Functioningp. 145
Embracing Complexity: Biocontrol of Ticks and Lyme Diseasep. 175
Embracing Complexity: In Pursuit of Emerging Infectious Diseasesp. 183
Literature Citedp. 189
Indexp. 209
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