Special Issue "One Health Approaches to Vector-Borne Diseases"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 130

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Melinda Rostal
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Guest Editor
EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY, USA
Interests: vector-borne diseases; emerging diseases
Dr. Nichar Gregory
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Co-Guest Editor
EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY, USA
Interests: vector ecology; behaviour

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vector-borne diseases are caused by parasites, viruses, and bacteria that are transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, and other vectors. Vector-borne diseases are among the leading causes of death in people living in low-income countries and are of significant veterinary importance. The dependence that most vectors have on specific environmental conditions necessitates a One Health approach to investigating the epidemiology and ecology of these agents as well as when considering prevention and mitigation strategies. One Health approaches integrate multidisciplinary research methods and interventions to optimize the health of people, animals, and the environment.

In this Special Issue, we seek to highlight One Health approaches to health threats by multidisciplinary groups of co-authors to support the detection and mitigation of vector-borne diseases threats. For this Special Issue, we welcome research articles, comprehensive reviews, opinions, communications, and commentaries from diverse fields, including epidemiology, ecology, public health, veterinary health, environmental sciences, geography, and other all aspects of vector-borne diseases.

Dr. Melinda Rostal
Dr. Nichar Gregory
Guest Editors

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  • One Health approaches
  • vector-borne diseases
  • parasites
  • viruses
  • bacteria

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Assessment of West Nile and Usutu Viruses Seroprevalence in Hospitalized Patients: A Pilot Study on Flavivirus Exposure in Eastern Romania
Authors: CRIVEI Luciana Alexandra1*, VATA Andrei2, TEODOR Danut2, POREA Daniela1, ANITA Adriana1, OSLOBANU Luanda Elena1, COZMA Andreea Paula1, SAVUTA Gheorghe1
Affiliation: 1 Regional Center of Advanced Research for Emerging Diseases, Zoonoses and Food Safety, Iasi University of Life Sciences, 700490 Iasi, Romania 2„Sfanta Parascheva” Infectious Diseases Hospital of Iasi, Iasi, Romania
Abstract: WNV and USUV are closely related epornitic flaviviruses transmitted by Culex mosquitoes which can cause febrile and neurodegenerative disease in humans. The impact of both viruses on public health has increased in the recent decades. Aim: The aim of the study was to evaluate the seroprevalence of WNV and USUV in hospitalized patients, from eastern Romania, who did not show symptoms corresponding to the case definition. Methods: Human blood samples from hospitalized patients were collected from April to September 2019 and in 2015 in Iasi County, Romania. Samples were screened by ELISA for anti-WNV IgG, IgM and anti-USUV IgG antibodies. Results: We obtained a cumulative seroprevalence of 3.4% for anti-WNV IgG antibodies and 9.1% for anti-WNV IgM. No sample was positive for anti-USUV antibodies. Conclusion: The cumulative seroprevalence observed adds support for the consideration of WNV as endemic in the east of Romania. The absence of anti-USUV antibodies may be related to cross-reactivity and cohort size, thus USUV should be considered in clinical practice and become an objective for active surveillance in Romania.

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