Special Issue "Arthropods of Medical and Veterinary Importance: Scientific and Social Approaches"

A special issue of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISSN 2414-6366). This special issue belongs to the section "Vector-Borne Diseases".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2021) | Viewed by 6541

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Specific Didactics, School of Education and Teacher Training, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
2. Member of the Research Group 920411—Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases in Veterinary, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: spatial analysis; geographic information system (GIS); medical entomology; sand flies
Departamento de Sanidad Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: veterinary parasitology; epidemiology; diagnosis and control; vector-borne diseases; zoonoses
Department of Entomology, Center for Vector Biology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08854, USA
Interests: vector-borne diseases; zoonoses; one health; medical entomology; vector biology; tick physiology; veterinary parasitology
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Dr. Oihane Martín
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Servicio de Microbiología y Parasitología, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain
Interests: clinical parasitology; biology and control of disease vectors
Centro de Vigilancia Sanitaria (VISAVET), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Interests: microbiology; veterinary microbiology; hepatitis E virus; One Health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vectors are organisms that are capable of transmitting pathogens between animals and/or humans. Generally, we refer to arthropods when speaking about vectors, including mosquitoes, sand flies, fleas, and ticks.

Vector-borne diseases can affect animals and humans, often being zoonotic diseases, some of which are emerging or neglected diseases. Due to their complex epidemiology, it is essential to determine the distribution and biology of disease vectors in order to implement cost-effective control measures that reduce the impact of these diseases on human and animal health.

In this Special Issue, we welcome manuscripts concerning arthropods of medical and veterinary importance to provide information for appropriate control measures and to promote public awareness.

Prof. Rosa Gálvez
Prof. Ana Montoya
Dr. Julia González
Dr. Oihane Martín
Dr. Nerea García
Guest Editors

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  • One health
  • Zoonoses
  • Epidemiology
  • Neglected diseases
  • Emerging diseases
  • Vector borne diseases
  • Arthropods
  • Prevention
  • Control
  • Health education

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Natural Infection and Vertical Transmission of Zika Virus in Sylvatic Mosquitoes Aedes albopictus and Haemagogus leucocelaenus from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2021, 6(2), 99; https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed6020099 - 11 Jun 2021
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Zika virus (ZIKV) was recently introduced into the Western Hemisphere, where it is suspected to be transmitted mainly by Aedes aegypti in urban environments. ZIKV represents a public health problem as it has been implicated in congenital microcephaly in South America since 2015. [...] Read more.
Zika virus (ZIKV) was recently introduced into the Western Hemisphere, where it is suspected to be transmitted mainly by Aedes aegypti in urban environments. ZIKV represents a public health problem as it has been implicated in congenital microcephaly in South America since 2015. Reports of ZIKV transmission in forested areas of Africa raises the possibility of its dispersal to non-human-modified environments in South America, where it is now endemic. The current study aimed to detect arboviruses in mosquitoes collected from areas with low human interference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Using a sensitive pan-flavivirus RT-PCR, designed to detect the NS5 region, pools of Ae. albopictus and Haemagogus leucocelaenus, were positive for both ZIKV and yellow fever (YFV). Virus RNA was detected in pools of adult males and females reared from field-collected eggs. Findings presented here suggest natural vertical transmission and infection of ZIKV in Hg. leucocelaenus and Ae.albopitcus in Brazil. Full article
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