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Most human diseases come from nature from pathogens that live and breed in non-human animals and are "accidentally" transmitted to us. Human illness is only the culmination of a complex series of interactions among species in their natural habitats. To avoid exposure to these pathogens we must understand which species are involved what regulates their abundance and how they interact. Lyme disease affects the lives of millions of people in the US Europe and Asia. It is the most frequently reported vector-borne disease in the United States; About 20000 cases have been reported each year over the past five years and tens of thousands more go unrecognized and unreported. Despite the epidemiological importance of understanding variable LD risk such pursuit has been slow indirect and only partially successful due in part to an overemphasis on identifying the small subset of 'key players' that contribute to Lyme disease risk as well as a general misunderstanding of effective treatment options. This controversial book is a comprehensive synthetic review of research on the ecology of Lyme disease in North America. It describes how humans get sick why some years and places are so risky and others not. It challenges dogma - for instance that risk is closely tied to the abundance of deer - and replaces it with a new understanding that embraces the complexity of species and their interactions. It describes why the place where Lyme disease emerged - coastal New England - set researchers on mistaken pathways. It shows how tiny acorns have enormous impacts on our probability of getting sick why biodiversity is good for our health why living next to a small woodlot is dangerous and why Lyme disease is an excellent model system for understanding many other human and animal diseases. Intended for an audience of professional and student ecologists epidemiologists and other health scientists it is written in an informal style accessible also to non-scientists interested in human health and conservation.

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