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Employee and Visitor Perceptions and Precautions related to Lyme Disease Risk in Florida State Parks

Given the growing concern about emergent infectious diseases and their potential implications for both the supply and demand for tourism, this study will provide the data necessary for informing individual, community, and industry health risk management decision-making, occupational risk training, and public health interventions by Florida State Parks, Visit Florida, Florida Department of Health, and tourism operators. Employees with state agencies involved in land management, conservation, and outdoor recreation will be asked to complete a survey about their knowledge, risk perceptions, precautionary behavior, and exposure to ticks and tick-borne diseases at work. This study will inform the development of tick-borne disease risk assessment tools, longitudinal and comparative studies, educational interventions and training programs, and future research designed to prevent tick-borne diseases and mitigate its impacts in Florida. This project is led by Dr. Holly Donohoe and Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray. This project is funded by the Bill Sims Faculty Grant administered by EFTI and the Travel and Tourism Research Association.

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