Human-tick interaction : developing an agent-based model of risk of tick bites during recreation
Recreation in the countryside can lead to exposure to environmental hazards including the tick Ixodes ricinus, a vector of the bacteria that cause Lyme borreliosis (Lyme disease). The probability of countryside users coming into contact with ticks must be calculated as a combined function of tick population biology and human
behaviour; seasonal and spatial variation in the use of an area by both ticks and humans will lead to differential
levels of risk.