About the Authors

Ian T. Kracalik

Affiliations Spatial Epidemiology and Ecology Research Lab, Department of Geography, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America, Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

Lile Malania

Affiliation National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia

Nikoloz Tsertsvadze

Affiliation National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia

Julietta Manvelyan

Affiliation National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia

Lela Bakanidze

Affiliation Agrarian University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia

Paata Imnadze

Affiliation National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia

Shota Tsanava

Affiliation National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Tbilisi, Georgia

Jason K. Blackburn

jkblackburn@ufl.edu

Affiliations Spatial Epidemiology and Ecology Research Lab, Department of Geography, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America, Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: ITK JKB. Performed the experiments: ITK JKB. Analyzed the data: ITK LM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LM NT JM LB PI ST. Wrote the paper: ITK JKB LM. Contributed and reviewed the manuscript and approved the final draft: ITK LM NT JM LB PI ST JKB.