This survey is run by the Applied Ecology Unit, School of Natural Sciences, NUI Galway.
Title of research; Lyme disease: ecology, epidemiology, risk assessment, and awareness.
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in Europe and its rates are increasing in some areas of Europe. While there are innumerable benefits to spending time outdoors, one potential risk is posed by exposure to tick bites which may lead to Lyme disease. We don’t have much data on the rates of Lyme disease in Ireland, so my project looks into the environmental risk factors that might increase or reduce our risk of Lyme disease. I hope to identify factors that contribute to Lyme disease risk in Ireland, and to paint a clearer picture of Lyme disease in an Irish context.
The research Objectives include;
Estimate the incidence of Lyme disease in Ireland. Identify high-risk areas.
Establish the level of awareness of Lyme disease risk among groups who may be at-risk (e.g. hillwalkers, gardeners, farmers, ecologists) and find out what GPs think about Lyme disease.
Discover the ecology (species/community structure/hosts) of ticks in Ireland.
Find out how ecological setting influences the rate of Lyme disease infection in ticks. Identify which habitats are more likely to be high-risk for Lyme disease.
You are a prescriber or are currently engaged in outdoor recreation or work in the outdoors in Ireland. Your opinion matters, as you can tell me what you think about the risk of Lyme disease in Ireland.
What’s in it for me?
Contribute to a unique project linking people, nature, health and wellbeing. This is the first study that links these three aspects in the context of Lyme disease in Ireland, and will be used to provide guidance on disease risk in Ireland.
What will I have to do?
Complete a short survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes.
What will I get out of it?
- Contribute to a PhD research project with NUIG.
- Your participation will help to create information on Lyme disease risk in Ireland, which will help others in future via more robust risk data which will help to inform awareness and prevention campaigns.
- This research will help you to inform yourself of your own risk of Lyme disease.