Epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases

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Vector-borne diseases are particularly complex because of the multiple actors involved. Some vector-vorne infectious agents are expanding their range or switching their hosts, gaining in relevance. Examples of vector-borne diseases studied at SaBio include bluetongue, a Culicoides-transmitted Orbivirus infecting wild and domestic ruminants; Flavivirus infections such as the mosquito-borne West Nile fever, maintained by wild birds and sporadically transmitted to human beings; and tick-borne diseases. Among the latter, model pathogens include Anaplasma, Borrelia, Rickettsia and others. Research activities range from vector ecology through epidemiology to the molecular basis of host-vector-pathogen interactions and the development of vaccines and other tools for the control of vectors and vector-borne diseases.

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