Vector-Borne Diseases

  • Expert Busts Myths About Ticks
    A walk through the woods, a fishing trip, or an evening playing in the yard with your children are situations with the potential to encounter dozens, even hundreds of blood-sucking pests known as ticks. Ticks can be a problem year-round, but they pose the most threat in ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Invasion of the Americas by Mosquito-Borne Virus Likely
    While media attention has been focused recently on coronavirus cases in the Arabian peninsula and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts note that another threat lies in the spread of Chikungunya fever, an illness that is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause fever, ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Researchers Advance Development of a Vaccine Against Tick-Transmitted Disease
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine researchers have made an important advancement toward developing a vaccine against the debilitating and potentially deadly tick-transmitted disease, human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA). During the past several years, ...More
    July 29, 2014 Posted in News
  • Single Tick Bite Can Pack Double Pathogen Punch
    People who get bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time. The new research, published online today in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by scientists at Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, ...More
    June 20, 2014 Posted in News
  • New Tick-borne Disease Threatens Primarily Immune Suppressed Persons
    A newly discovered tick-borne bacterium known as “Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis” has been implicated in six cases of disease in Sweden. A new international study led by the Sahlgrenska Academy has shown that this bacterium is primarily a risk for people who ...More
    May 28, 2014 Posted in News
  • Decrease in Large Wildlife Drives Increase in Rodent-Borne Disease and Risk to Humans
    Populations of large wildlife are declining around the world, while zoonotic diseases (those transmitted from animals to humans) are on the rise. A team of Smithsonian scientists and colleagues have discovered a possible link between the two. They found that in East Africa, ...More
    April 28, 2014 Posted in News
  • April 7 is World Health Day 2014: Preventing Vectorborne Diseases
    More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than 1 billion people are ...More
    April 7, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Reports More Cases of Heartland Virus Disease
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with health officials in Missouri and Tennessee, have identified six new cases of people sick with Heartland virus: five in Missouri and one in Tennessee. The new cases, discovered in 2012 and 2013, are ...More
    March 27, 2014 Posted in News
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