Geografie 2009, 114, 157-168

Use of GIS for mapping of ticks and tick-borne pathogens in South Bohemia

Pavel Švec1, Václav Hönig2,3, Milan Daniel4, Vlasta Danielová5, Libor Grubhoffer2,3

1Institut geoinformatiky, Hornicko-geologická fakulta VŠB-TU Ostrava, 17. listopadu 15, 708 33 Ostrava-Poruba, Czechia
2Biologické centrum AV ČR, Parazitologický ústav, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czechia
3Přírodovědecká fakulta Jihočeské univerzity, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czechia
4Institut postgraduálního vzdělávání ve zdravotnictví, Ruská 85, 100 05 Praha 10, Czechia
5Státní zdravotní ústav, Šrobárova 48, 100 42 Praha 10, Czechia

Ticks and tick-borne diseases (TBD) represent a serious health risk in numerous European countries, including Czechia. The South Bohemian Region is a TBD high-risk area. The aims of the current project are: to map the distribution of ticks and tick-borne diseases in the South Bohemian Region, to identify the key factors determining their distribution and to use the obtained data for creation of a TBD risk prediction model. The current article deals with the use of the geographic information system (GIS) for selection of localities for field work (tick collections, estimation of tick activity). Data sources and methods of their processing are described, examples of the main outputs are presented, further possibilities of GIS use in the project are outlined. The field work confirmed GIS analysis as an efficient approach to identification of appropriate sites for field analysis of tick activity.


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