Special Issue "Emerging Vector Borne Infections: A Novel Threat for Global Health"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Medical Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Vittorio Sambri

Professor of Microbiology, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy AND Unit of Microbiology - The Great Romagna Hub Laboratory -Pievesestina (FC), Italy
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Interests: spirochetes; molecular diagnosis; emerging infections; West Nile virus; Usutu Virus; Treponema pallidum; Borrelia spp.; Chikungunya

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last two decades a novel threat to human health has emerged worldwide, namely the wide wave of so-called “emerging” vector-borne diseases (VBDs) that has increased the spectrum of the well-known infections transmitted by arthropod vectors such as malaria, Chagas disease, Yellow fever and Japanese Encephalitis. This “new wave” of VBDs is spreading rapidly in the frame of global health, since many of these infection belong to the category of zoonoses.

As a consequence, I believe that now is the right time to make a joint effort to publish a Special Issue of cutting-edge research papers and review manuscripts in this scientifically exciting and challenging field. All the branches of research related to emerging VBDs are welcome: the biology of vectors and pathogens, epidemiology, pathogenesis, surveillance and control and therapy.

My personal idea is to include the most relevant (either from the epidemiological point of view or in terms of clinical relevance) emerging VBDs, such as: Chikungunya, Dengue, Zika, West Nile, Usutu, Leishmania, Phleboviruses (Toscana and other relevant members of this group), and tick-borne encephalitis virus. This is just a brief list, but feel free to propose any other infection pathogen that you might feel is relevant in order to accomplish our final goal, namely to provide an updated view of this relevant issue in the frame of global health.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Prof. Vittorio Sambri
Guest Editor

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  • Chikungunya
  • Leishmania
  • Dengue
  • West Nile
  • Usutu
  • Zika
  • Toscana virus
  • Sandfly viruses
  • Tickborne encephalitis

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Open AccessArticle Zika Outbreak Emergency Preparedness and Response of Malaysian Private Healthcare Professionals: Are They Ready?
Microorganisms 2019, 7(3), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms7030087
Received: 18 February 2019 / Revised: 7 March 2019 / Accepted: 7 March 2019 / Published: 19 March 2019
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Zika virus has been declared as a public health emergency of international concern. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines reminding healthcare workers about the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of Zika virus, how to test and [...] Read more.
Zika virus has been declared as a public health emergency of international concern. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines reminding healthcare workers about the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of Zika virus, how to test and isolate patients suspected of carrying the Zika virus, and how to protect themselves from infection. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for healthcare professionals to be fully aware of Zika virus preparedness, and response measures should an outbreak occur in Malaysia in order to quickly and efficiently contain the outbreak, ensure the safety of individual or healthcare personnel safety, as well as to prevent further spreading of the disease. This research aims to show how prepared Malaysian healthcare professionals are against Zika virus and how well can they respond during an outbreak. In total, 504 healthcare professionals (128 general practitioners, 215 community pharmacists, 161 nurses) from private health clinics were the target population of the four states of Malaysia where Zika cases suspected. The sample size of each category was calculated by using a formula for estimating the population proportion. An additional 10% of the calculated sample size was added to compensate the non-response rate. The Center For Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organisation provided a checklist to assess how prepared healthcare professionals are for an Zika outbreak. This checklist was modified to a questionnaire in order to assess health care professionals’ preparedness and response to the Zika outbreak. Community pharmacists are still lacking in their preparedness and perceived response to the Zika outbreak compared to the general practitioners in the private sector. Hence community pharmacists should attend training given by the Ministry of Health Malaysia as a continuing education, which may help them to respond during a Zika outbreak. Full article
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