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Assessing the prevention effectiveness of local Lyme disease control.


The effectiveness of any public health intervention is determined by its theoretical efficacy and by the level of engagement of the target population. A computer simulation model and basic epidemiologic concepts were used to estimate the effectiveness of interventions for preventing
Lyme disease in a hypothetical community. The process for estimating numbers of
Lyme disease cases prevented by each intervention is described. This assessment compares the effectiveness of alternative community-based prevention strategies, illuminates the limitations and distributive effects of interventions, and helps clarify available prevention options for community residents.

J Public Health Manag Pract. 1999 May;5(3):84-92. [1]