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Ticks and Tick-associated Diseases
Tuesday, May 25 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tick-borne diseases are posing increasing risk to public health, where in 2018, 2234 and 47,743 human disease cases have been reported from Connecticut and the U.S., respectively, with actual numbers estimated to be 10 times greater than reported. Lyme disease is now the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the U.S., with an estimated 330,000 human cases occurring annually. Connecticut is among the 14 states from which nearly 95% of Lyme disease cases in the U.S. are reported, and it had the 7th highest incidence per 100,000 population in 2018. The incidence and geographic range of other tick-borne diseases such as babesiosis and anaplasmosis continues to increase in the northeastern. Recently in Connecticut, we have witnessed introduction of invasive and range expansion of native tick vectors including the Asian longhorned, lone star, and Gulf Coast ticks, with abilities to transmit numerous pathogens of human health concern. In this lecture, current status of ticks and tick-borne diseases, and measures to prevent tick bites will be discussed.
Presenter: Goudarz Molaei, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist and Director of the Passive Tick Surveillance Program Department of Environmental Sciences Center for Vector Biology and Zoonotic Diseases Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station & Associate Clinical Professor Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases Yale School of Public Health.