Modeling Lyme disease transmission

Yijun Lou, Jianhong Wu

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Lyme disease, a typical tick-borne disease, imposes increasing global public health challenges. A growing body of theoretical models have been proposed to better understand various factors determining the disease risk, which not only enrich our understanding on the ecological cycle of disease transmission but also promote new theoretical developments on model formulation, analysis and simulation. In this paper, we provide a review about the models and results we have obtained recently on modeling and analyzing Lyme disease transmission, with the purpose to highlight various aspects in the ecological cycle of disease transmission to be incorporated, including the growth of ticks with different stages in the life cycle, the seasonality, host diversity, spatial disease pattern due to host short distance movement and bird migration, co-infection with other tick-borne pathogens, and climate change impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-243
Number of pages15
JournalInfectious Disease Modelling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Basic reproduction number
  • Biodiversity
  • Bird migration
  • Co-infection
  • Lyme disease
  • Mathematical model
  • Seasonality
  • Spatial model
  • Tick-borne disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Health Policy


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