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2013 Tick-Borne Disease IPM Conference

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention co-hosted a two-day conference on Tick-Borne Disease (TBD) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on March 5-6, 2013 with support of 14 federal agencies (TBD-IPM Workgroup). This conference brought together representatives of numerous federal, state and local agencies, academia, and stakeholders to discuss the current state of IPM for the management of tick-borne diseases.  The conference report and author permitted presentations are included in the 2013 Report on the tick Borne Disease IPM Confererence (38 pp, 850k, PDF).

The federal TBD-IPM workgroup, a subgroup of the Public Health Pesticide Consortium, was formed as a result of EPA’s 2011 Promoting Community IPM for Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases Conference. The conference captured the research and information surrounding prevention of tick-borne diseases from the perspective of government and non-government stakeholders. Key outcomes, summarized in the 2011 Report on the Tick-Borne Disease IPM Confererence (27 pp, 914K, PDF), included the identification of successful strategies for community IPM programs, research priorities and knowledge gaps, and potential partnerships.

The 2013 conference accomplished the following:

  • Facilitated completion of the the Lyme Disease and other Tick-Borne Diseases of Humans in the United States White Paper
  • Identify research strategies to support community IPM programs
  • Facilitate collaboration among federal partners to support research initiatives
  • Provide information on current tick IPM research

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