|Title||Comparing Canadian Lyme disease risk area classification methodologies|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2023|
|Journal||Zoonoses Public Health|
|Authors||Robinson EL, Jardine CM, Russell C, Clow KM|
The methodologies varied in their measurements of the risk of exposure to I. scapularis and B. burgdorferi based on their use of active surveillance techniques, multiple types of collected surveillance data and laboratory confirmation of B. burgdorferi. Most initial Lyme disease risk site classifications were maintained over time. Kappa and per cent agreement statistics highlighted large differences between 8 of the 15 methodology pairings, indicating the presence of inconsistencies between most methodologies. Accurate, consistent surveillance and assessment of the spread of I. scapularis and its pathogens will aid with communicating Lyme disease risk to the public and preventing tick-borne pathogen transmission.