Ecology of parasite-vector interactions

  • Authors
  • Willem Takken
  • Constantianus J. M. Koenraadt

Part of the Ecology and control of vector-borne diseases book series (ECVD, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-11
    1. Willem Takken, Constantianus J. M. Koenraadt
      Pages 13-15
  2. Fundamental aspects of vector-parasite interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Andrew D. Pike, Chris M. Cirimotich, George Dimopoulos
      Pages 19-33
    3. Chris M. Stone, Woodbridge A. Foster
      Pages 35-79
    4. Krijn P. Paaijmans, Matthew B. Thomas
      Pages 103-121
    5. Louis Lambrechts, Jacob C. Koella
      Pages 123-137
  3. Species-specific interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Fedor Gassner, Nienke Hartemink
      Pages 141-154
    3. Paul D. Ready, Matthew E. Rogers
      Pages 167-178
  4. Strategic issues concerning vector-parasite interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Ace North, Penelope Hancock
      Pages 181-196
    3. Michelle E. H. Helinski, Laura C. Harrington
      Pages 221-244
  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Constantianus J. M. Koenraadt, Willem Takken
      Pages 247-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-272

About this book


Vector-borne diseases continue to be one of the most important determinants affecting human and animal health. Large numbers of people suffer from diseases like malaria, dengue, filariasis and leishmaniasis, especially in the tropics. Whereas these diseases were eradicated from the temperate climate zones, in recent years the rising incidence of 'emerging' vector-borne diseases such as bluetongue, West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis and the recent outbreaks of chikungunya and dengue in southern Europe provide evidence that these diseases are resilient and can disperse to other regions and continents where before they were not present or relevant. Many tools for the management of vector-borne diseases are currently under pressure because of increasing drug and insecticide resistance, as well as the realization of biological variation of parasites and vectors and their ecosystems. At the same time, progress in our understanding of genetics, immunology, population biology and epidemiology allow for a better understanding of parasite-vector interactions. Here the state-of-the-art of these interactions is being reviewed, and means for using this information for advanced strategies of vector-borne disease control are proposed. This 3rd edition of ECVD aims to provide a rapid overview of recent developments in the field of parasite-vector interactions and how this can be used for more effective and sustainable disease control.

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