Special Issue "Trends in Tickborne Diseases"

A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Tetsuya Tanaka
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University, 1-21-24 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
Interests: tick biology; parasitology; innate immunity; protein functional chemistry; infectious diseases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ticks are blood-sucking arachnids that thrive from subarctic to tropical temperature zones, and can survive without nutrient intake for prolonged periods—up to 10 years for some species. Ticks can multiply rapidly—some females can reproduce asexually—and parasitize humans and animals.
When ticks infest a host, they can induce anemia, anaphylactic reactions originating at bite sites, and paralysis due to their salivary toxins. Like mosquitos, they transmit pathogens for a wide range of zoonotic diseases. Tick-borne pathogens have developed survival mechanisms through manipulating gene expression based on the salivary or midgut environment. Ticks and tick-borne diseases thus represent a major challenge for contemporary veterinary medicine.
This Special Issue on “Trends in Tick-borne Diseases” aims to disseminate knowledge on different aspects of tick biology and their interaction with viruses, rickettsiae, protozoan parasites, and other infectious agents they transmit. An enhanced understanding in these areas is vital for combating tick infestation and tick-borne diseases, with strategies from vaccination to genetic modification being among the topics of current research.
We welcome contributions from veterinarians and scientists around the world on this important issue in human and animal medicine.

Dr. Tetsuya Tanaka
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ticks
  • tick-borne diseases
  • virus
  • rickettsiae
  • protozoan parasites
  • transmission
  • vaccines
  • genetic modification

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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