Dr. Dwight Bowman and Dr. Robert Lund
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Summary: Several years ago the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) began looking into the prevalence (by county in the USA) of certain diseases using data provided by Antech Diagnostics and IDEXX Laboratories. The original goal was to provide veterinarians with information about how many cared-for pets within a county have been identified as positive for several agents. Those agents include canine heartworms, Borrelia burgdorferi, Ehrlichia spp. and Anaplasma spp.
Upon completion of this presentation participants will be able to describe factors associated with disease mapping. They should be able to discuss what goes into defining factors that aid in mapping trends in biological and disease systems, and explain the rudiments of mapping as it relates to spatial smooth and making inferences across boundaries for punctate data. They will be provided examples of how mapping and forecasting might be used to manage, plan or assess disease mitigation programs. Finally, they will learn how companion animal disease surveillance can play a major part in a one health program of disease monitoring and prevention.