|Spatial multi-criteria decision analysis for the selection of sentinel regions in tick-borne disease surveillance
|Year of Publication
|BMC Public Health
|Guillot C, Aenishaenslin C, Acheson ES, Koffi JK, Bouchard C, Leighton PA
|Lyme borreliosis, Lyme disease, Multi-criteria decision analysis, Public health decision-making, sentinel surveillance, Vector-borne diseases
The implementation of cost-effective surveillance systems is essential for tracking the emerging risk of tick-borne diseases. In Canada, where Lyme disease is a growing public health concern, a national sentinel surveillance network was designed to follow the epidemiological portrait of this tick-borne disease across the country. The surveillance network consists of sentinel regions, with active drag sampling carried out annually in all regions to assess the density of Ixodes spp. ticks and prevalence of various tick-borne pathogens in the tick population. The aim of the present study was to prioritize sentinel regions by integrating different spatial criteria relevant to the surveillance goals.