Comparing the data, Mead's team found that when 1 percent or less of the dogs tested positive for Lyme disease, the risk of people becoming infected was low. However, when more than 5 percent of the dogs were infected, the risk to people was high.
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This is the kind of low cost surveillance data I think should have been collected all along - and let the vets do the data collection and reporting. I think it makes sense to use dogs to determine potential risk to humans because dogs roam around more and get in the tall grass - they go where the ticks are whereas people try to stay away from them. I consider a dog another potential piece of dragging white flannel flag.
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