Calls for greater awareness of potentially fatal Lyme disease

Potentially deadly to humans, Lyme disease is a high-profile vector-borne infection that is increasing in significance in the UK and consequently impacting on countryside planning and management. With more people working or recreating in the countryside, there is a need for land-based organisations to manage potential risks.

A recently published paper in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management suggests that land-based organisations should increase communications regarding the risk of contracting Lyme disease, citing an accessible resource base which provides accurate and consistent information that can be tailored to different audiences to be a potential solution.

The paper explores the role of risk communication as a tool for preventing staff or the wider publics contracting Lyme disease. Through interviews with representatives of land-based organisations and content analysis of information they provide, the article focuses on the relationship between organisational attitudes towards Lyme disease and the information they provide. While there is an appetite for a consistent approach to communicating about Lyme disease, it would appear that there is currently no clear agreement over the level of information that should be communicated, how and to whom.

The article concludes that most of the organisations included in this study produce their own information on ticks and Lyme disease, but that a common approach to information provision would be appealing, allowing for flexibility to target particular audiences. The paper continues to suggest that greater interaction between health authorities and land-based organisations would be beneficial in the battle against this infection.

Read the full article online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09640568.2012.660569  

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS
When referencing the article: Please include Journal title, Author, published by Taylor & Francis and the following statement:
* Read the full article online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09640568.2012.660569

Visit our newsroom at: http://www.tandfonline.com/page/press-releases

Follow us on Twitter @tandfnewsroom

-----------------------------------------
About Taylor & Francis Group
-----------------------------------------

Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life.  As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works our content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine.

From our network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues.

For more information please contact:

Andy Hall
Marketing Executive
Taylor & Francis Group Journals
andy.hall@tandf.co.uk

Tags:

About Us

Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works our content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine. From our network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues.

Subscribe

Media

Media