Vector-Borne Diseases

  • 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
  • Research Lab Provides Tick Testing Service
    Medical zoologist Stephen Rich can’t wait to get his hands on your ticks. As head of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rich and colleagues collect thousands of ticks, dead or alive, extracted from people and pets and sent in ...More
    November 22, 2013 Posted in News
  • Mosquitoes Smell You Better at Night, Study Finds
    In work published this week in Nature: Scientific Reports, a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health, led by associate professor Giles Duffield and assistant professor Zain Syed of the Department of Biological Sciences, ...More
    August 30, 2013 Posted in News
  • Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets Critical to Global Elimination of Filariasis
    An international team of scientists have demonstrated that a simple, low-cost intervention holds the potential to eradicate a debilitating tropical disease that threatens nearly 1.4 billion people in more than six dozen countries. The researchers, including Case Western ...More
    August 22, 2013 Posted in News
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