Friday, September 7, 2012

Ellen Stromdahl and the "Beyond Lyme" review article

The journal Zoonoses and Public Health today published a review paper by Ellen Stromdahl and Graham Hickling entitled "BEYOND LYME: ETIOLOGY OF TICK-BORNE HUMAN DISEASES WITH EMPHASIS ON THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES"

You can see an NSF media release about the review here:

Ellen works for the U.S. Army Public Health Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.  One of her roles there is to help implement the DOD Human Tick Test Kit Program, which is a tick identification and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing service for ticks that have been found biting military personnel, dependents, and DOD civilian employees.

Through this program, Ellen has amassed a unique dataset on the species ID and pathogen status of  >25,000 ticks removed from humans.   Ellen's data reveal a strking shift in which tick species is most likely to attack humans in southern vs northeastern states.

Here are photos of Ellen (Photo 1) and her team hard at work identifying and testing ticks (photos courtesy of  the US Army Public Health Command). Thanks for all your contributions, Ellen!


1 comment:

  1. Nice work!

    Saw some of your surveillance efforts from the NSF currents article. I wonder if the surveillance data on ticks also includes Tick Borne Encephalitis testing?

    We at the virus pathogen resource center have recently added virus peptides for all TBE, see:

    I'd be curious about what percentage of ticks, and from which species, carry TBE.


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