Special Issue "Comparative Studies in Tick-Borne Diseases in Animals and Humans"
A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
Interests: anaplasma; ehrlichia; rickettsia; genomics; mutagenesis; functional genomics; gene expression in ticks and mammals
Tick-borne zoonotic disease agents have been causing a steady rise in illnesses in humans and domestic animals during the past 50 years or so, with a noticeable uptick in the rate of increase at the turn of the millennium. Although tick-borne diseases occur world-wide, the majority of human cases are reported in the temperate zones, whereas livestock-specific tick-borne pathogens, such as the bovine anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and heartwater agents, are found wherever there are cattle and competent vector ticks parasitizing them. Besides an increase in human and animals’ diseases due to pathogens transmitted by ticks, there has been an expansion in the range of several tick species, facilitated by movement of infested wild or domestic animals, and changes in habitat. Taken together, these events have altered the dynamics of tick ecology, with consequences that have enhanced exposure of humans and domestic animals, especially companion animals, to ticks and therefore tick-borne disease risk. The threat of zoonotic tick-borne pathogens that is shared between humans and animals highlights the need to strengthen the One Health approach to effectively tackle the challenges presented, especially since all tick-borne pathogens have animal reservoirs. It has long been understood that a focus on human disease alone cannot unveil all of the intricacies of tick borne zoonoses. This issue on "Comparative Studies in Tick-Borne Diseases in Animals and Humans" addresses this need to strengthen the flow and exchange of information between veterinary and medical sciences through publication of a selection of research articles from leading laboratories in this field. It is hoped that this issue will further stimulate collaboration between scientists engaged in all aspects of tick-borne disease research.
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Munderloh
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- tick-borne pathogens
- tick-borne zoonotic agents
- spotted fever
- tick typhus
- Lyme disease
- relapsing fever
- tick-borne encephalitis
- Powassan virus
- hemorrhagic fever
- tick bite fever
- lamb pyemia
- wild rodents