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dc.contributor.authorHassett, Erin
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-10T20:07:15Z
dc.date.available2021-06-08T06:00:18Z
dc.date.issued2020-05
dc.identifier.otherHassett_cornell_0058O_10891
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/cornell:10891
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/70245
dc.description123 pages
dc.description.abstractParks are important for human health, but they may expose visitors to ticks and tick-borne diseases. I sought to understand tick exposure risk and drivers of tick-preventative behavior in three parks on Staten Island, NY from May to August 2019. Nymphal density was highest between early June to early July, in Conference House Park, unmaintained herbaceous habitats, and trails. The fewest people visited Conference House. Men and adults visited hazardous areas most frequently, but seniors disproportionately visited hazardous areas compared to other age groups. Overall, 190 visitors were interviewed, and most could not identify a nymphal tick. Interviewees stated that parks were the main location for tick exposure (43%), but most believed they had minimal risk for tick encounter (43%). Consequently, many individuals do not conduct tick checks (42%). Drivers of practicing tick checks were knowing multiple prevention methods and tick habitats and perceiving a high likelihood of tick encounter.
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectparks
dc.subjectsurveys
dc.subjectticks
dc.titleASSESSING THE KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, PRACTICES, AND THE RISK OF TICK EXPOSURE OF PARK VISITORS ON STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK
dc.typedissertation or thesis
thesis.degree.disciplineEntomology
thesis.degree.grantorCornell University
thesis.degree.levelMaster of Science
thesis.degree.nameM.S., Entomology
dc.contributor.chairHarrington, Laura
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTravis, Alexander
dcterms.licensehttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59810
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7298/z3at-x952


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