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The paradox of the binomial Ixodes ricinus activity and the observed unimodal Lyme borreliosis season in Hungary.

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Abstract

The change of ambient temperature plays a key role in determining the run of the annual
Lyme season. Our aim was to explain the apparent contradiction between the annual unimodal
Lyme borreliosis incidence and the bimodal Ixodes ricinus tick activity run–both observed in Hungary–by distinguishing the temperature-dependent seasonal human and tick activity, the temperature-independent factors, and the multiplicative effect of human outdoor activity in summer holiday, using data from Hungary in the period of 1998-2012. This separation was verified by modeling the
Lyme incidence based on the separated factors, and comparing the run of the observed and modeled incidence. We demonstrated the bimodality of tick season by using the originally unimodal
Lyme incidence data. To model the outdoor human activity, the amount of camping guest nights was used, which showed an irregular run from mid-June to September. The human outdoor activity showed a similar exponential correlation with ambient temperature to that what the relative incidence did. It was proved that summer holiday has great influence on
Lyme incidence.

Int J Environ Health Res. 2014;24(3):226-45. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2013.807329. Epub 2013 Jul 16. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t

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