Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Sam R. Telford III


Vector-Borne Infections, Public Health

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  • SD - Harvard University - 1990
  • MS - Harvard University - 1987
  • BA - Johns Hopkins University - 1983
  1. Armstrong PM, Rosa Brunet L, Spielman A, Telford SR III. Risk of human Lyme disease in a Lone Star tick-infested community. Bull. WHO 2001; 9:916-925.
  2. Ebel GD, Spielman A, Telford SR III. Molecular phylogeny of orth American Powassan virus. J. Gen. Virol. 2001; 82:1657-1665.
  3. Telford SR III. Deer tick transmitted zoonoses in the eastern United States. In Conservation Medicine, eds. Tabor G, Pearl M, Reed M, Ostfeld R, Aguirre A, Atz J, House C. Oxford University Press, NY. In press.

General Research Interests

  • Research Ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne infections, particularly Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, tickborne encephalitis, and tularemia; wildlife parasitology.

Selected Research Projects

  • Ecology and epidemiology of tularemia; phylogeography of Babesia microti; vector-pathogen interactions of deer tick-transmitted infections.

Research Interests by Area

Infectious Diseases: Prevention and Control
  • Transmission of tick-borne diseases (Tuleremia, Lyme disease)
Infectious Diseases: Pathogenesis/Host Response
  • Babesiosis, Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis, Tuleremia