Vector or insect-borne diseases are transmitted by the bite of an infected species, like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.
Pathogens are transmitted between humans, or from animals to humans.
Many vectors are blood sucking insects.
Weather, land use and our behavior influences vector activity.
Some vector-borne diseases, like plague, have been around for thousands of years, while others like Zika are new.
Current topics in vector-borne diseases
Mosquito-borne diseases affect almost 700 million people each year. These diseases can be deadly, especially in places where access to medicine or healthcare is limited.
While today malaria is mostly associated with Africa, up until the mid-nineteenth century this deadly disease was rampant in almost all countries, excluding countries too
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