Rocio Caja Rivera, Iona McCabe, Dana Pittman, Linda J. Allen
A majority of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, spread from non-human animals to humans. Multiple hosts, vectors, and seasonality are common features in zoonoses. Therefore, identification of the roles of hosts and vectors and their behavior as well as the timing of control methods are important to public and global health. In this mini-symposium, the effects of seasonality on the emergence of two zoonoses are explored in models for Lyme disease in a tick-mouse cycle and avian influenza spread by migrating waterfowl. The life stages and behavior of ticks on the outcome of control and the identification of intermediate hosts, crucial in the spread of disease to humans, are also explored.