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Evolutionary Aspects of Emerging Lyme Disease in Canada

Overview of attention for article published in Applied & Environmental Microbiology, August 2015
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Title
Evolutionary Aspects of Emerging Lyme Disease in Canada
Published in
Applied & Environmental Microbiology, August 2015
DOI 10.1128/aem.01671-15
Pubmed ID
Authors

N. H. Ogden, E. J. Feil, P. A. Leighton, L. R. Lindsay, G. Margos, S. Mechai, P. Michel, T. J. Moriarty, C. R. Lovell

Abstract

In North America, Lyme disease (LD) is a tick-borne zoonosis caused by the spirochaete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (s.s.), which is maintained by wildlife. Tick vectors and bacteria are currently spreading into Canada and causing increasing numbers of cases of LD in humans and raising a pressing need for public health responses. There is no vaccine and LD prevention depends on knowing who is at risk and informing them how to protect themselves from infection. Recently, it was found in the USA that some strains of B. burgdorferi s.s. cause severe disease, whereas others cause mild, self-limiting disease. While many strains occurring in the USA also occur in Canada, strains in some parts of Canada are different than those in the USA. We therefore a a need to identify which strains specific to Canada can cause severe disease, and to characterize their geographic distribution to determine which Canadians are particularly at risk. In this review, we summarise the history of emergence of LD in North America, our current knowledge of B. burgdorferi s.s. diversity, its intriguing origins in the ecology and evolution of the bacterium, and its importance for the epidemiology, and clinical and laboratory diagnosis of LD. We propose methods for investigating associations between B. burgdorferi s.s. diversity, ecology and pathogenicity, and developing predictive tools to guide public health interventions. We also highlight the emergence of B. burgdorferi s.s. in Canada as a unique opportunity for exploring the evolutionary aspects of tick-borne pathogen emergence.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
France 1 2%
United Kingdom 1 2%
Unknown 48 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 10 20%
Researcher 9 18%
Student > Bachelor 8 16%
Other 6 12%
Professor > Associate Professor 5 10%
Other 12 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 30%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 20%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 10%
Immunology and Microbiology 3 6%
Unspecified 3 6%
Other 14 28%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 22. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 December 2018.
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