24 AUGUST 2012
Ticks and tick-borne pathogens on the rise.
José de la Fuente, Ph.D. Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos Toledo, Spain.
Vector-borne diseases accounted for over 20% of all emerging infectious diseases recorded from 1940 to 2004 (Jones et al., 2008). The increased risks associated with ticks and tick-borne pathogens (TBPs) are supported by expansion of tick populations into areas where they were previously absent and by some changes in social habits, increasing the contact between humans and ticks.
Recent upsurges of tick-borne diseases include tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in Central and Eastern Europe, Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) in Karnataka state of India, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in northern Turkey and the southwestern regions of the Russian Federation, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in Arizona and Baja California in the United States.
Topics with information and discussion about published studies related to Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
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