Special Issue "Recent Advancements on Arthropod-Borne Infectious Diseases"
A special issue of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISSN 2414-6366).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2019
Dr. Klaus Henning
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Silaghi
Head of the Institute of Infectology and head of the Laboratory of Vector Capacity at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Greifswald Isle of Riems, Germany, and Professor for Infectology at the University of Greifswald, Germany
Interests: ticks; mosquitoes; vectors; vector competence; vector-borne pathogens; molecular vector–pathogen interactions; veterinary parasitology
This Special Issue focuses on recent advancements in the diagnosis, control, epidemiology and molecular interactions of vectors and vector-borne pathogens, which are of major public health interest worldwide.
Many arthropods are acting as vectors of pathogens of medical and veterinary importance, such as mosquitoes, biting midges, sandflies, lice, fleas, ticks and mites and many of the transmitted pathogens are zoonotic and of public health concern. Recent developments have shown that arthropods will play an even more important role in the transmission of pathogens in the future as consequence of, for example, climate change, global warming and increasing globalisation, trade and travel. Despite growing research interest in this field, the role of arthropods as vectors and reservoir for several pathogens (e.g. lumpy skin disease virus) is still unclear.
Diseases, which were forgotten in Western Europe, such as malaria, could have their comeback and new pathogens and diseases continue to enter into new areas, as has been shown for Zika virus. On the other hand, the development of modern diagnostic techniques facilitate the early detection of the pathogens and diseases. Altogether, there is a need for more information of current trends in vector-borne diseases. Under this context, the role of ticks as vectors and the understanding of different possible ways by which ticks can transmit pathogens, such as Coxiella burnetti, are decisive for its efficient prevention. As alternative to the aerosolic transmission route, the role of ticks as transmission vectors for C. burnetti should be investigated in more detail to develop better tools for monitoring its occurrence.
The specific subjects of this Special Issue are tick-transmitted Lyme disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, Q fever caused by Coxiella burnetii, other tick-borne pathogens such as FSMEV, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Babesia, etc. and pathogens transmitted by mites, fleas and lice, such as Rickettsia, Bartonella, and many more. We invite papers on these subjects, as well as also on a broader range of subjects, with regards to vector-borne pathogens and their vectors (e.g., on mosquitoes, biting midges, black flies, etc.).
This Special Issue will explore the recent advancements in the epidemiology of pathogens in arthropods from natural and anthropized ecosystems, vector–host–pathogen interactions, vaccine development, diagnostic methods, control and prevention of vectors and vector-borne pathogens, and pest management.
Dr. Klaus Henning
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Silaghi
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- vector-borne pathogens
- molecular biotechnology
- vaccine development