Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

Climate and Vector Borne Pathogens: Challenges of the Present and of the Future


Publishing date
01 Dec 2019
Status
Published
Submission deadline
19 Jul 2019

1University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

2University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

3Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France


Climate and Vector Borne Pathogens: Challenges of the Present and of the Future

Description

Despite being a complex phenomenon, climate change influences the emergence risk of infectious diseases, including vector-borne diseases, through multiple pathways. Changes in temperature, precipitation, the number of annual hurricanes, the sea level, etc. may impact the habitat distribution and suitability for vector-borne diseases foci. The mentioned fluctuations could interfere with the life-cycle dynamics of the vector species (mosquitoes, ticks, etc.), the pathogenic organisms, and the reservoir organisms, thereby increasing the risks of exposure to disease in some areas.

Changes in climate may affect the survival and reproduction rates of the vectors that may lead towards altered transmission patterns of pathogens in existing foci, different geographical distribution, and incidence of diseases. Some diseases may, therefore, disappear from areas where they currently exist or their seasonal intensity and temporal activity may be disrupted. Furthermore, they may be the reason for the introduction of new vectors, hosts, or pathogens causing some diseases to spread to areas where they are currently absent.

In general, it is anticipated that human activities may lead to the interruption of natural enzoonotic foci of vector-borne infection and as a result will strongly influence disease transmission, causing, for example, the appearance of human cases in previously disease-free areas.

The current special Issue will try to cover most of the above described factors that may, one way or another, directly or indirectly cause a turn in the distribution of vector-borne diseases. Original research studies or review papers describing the state of the art are welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Vector-borne diseases (epidemic typhus, Chagas disease, plague, Leishmaniasis, river blindness, malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile encephalitis, filariasis, African sleeping sickness, scrub typhus, Lyme disease, Tick-borne encephalitis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, rickettsiaceae, coxiella burnetii, etc.)
  • Vectors (lice, kissing bugs, fleas, sand flies, black flies, mosquitoes, tsetse flies, chiggers, ticks, etc.)
  • Transmission dynamics, for example the process between human, vector, and/or animal populations
  • Climate prediction models that consider climatic parameters, human intervention, animal species, etc., as potential parameters influencing the tendency of a pathogen distribution
  • Reservoirs of vector-borne diseases
  • Potential impact of climate change on emerging vector-borne pathogens
  • Surveillance measures that strengthen public health infrastructure to improve recognition and response

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4298716
  • - Editorial

Climate and Vector Borne Pathogens: Challenges of the Present and of the Future

Dimosthenis Chochlakis | Snežana Tomanović | Emmanouil Angelakis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 9817930
  • - Research Article

Effect of Rising Temperature on Lyme Disease: Ixodes scapularis Population Dynamics and Borrelia burgdorferi Transmission and Prevalence

Dorothy Wallace | Vardayani Ratti | ... | Mariana J. Webb
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 9392414
  • - Research Article

Application of kDNA Minicircle PCR-RFLP to Characterize Leishmania donovani Clinical Isolates Obtained from Post-Kala-Azar Dermal Leishmaniasis in Eastern Nepal

Ojesh Pokhrel | Keshav Rai | ... | Basudha Khanal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3840563
  • - Research Article

Genome Sequence of Colistin-Resistant Bacteremic Shewanella algae Carrying the Beta-Lactamase Gene blaOXA-55

Ying-Ju Chen | Kwong-Chung Tung | ... | Po-Yu Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 9464768
  • - Research Article

The Importance of Coordinated Actions in Preventing the Spread of Yellow Fever to Human Populations: The Experience from the 2016-2017 Yellow Fever Outbreak in the Northeastern Region of São Paulo State

Márcio Junio Lima Siconelli | Danillo Lucas Alves Espósito | ... | Benedito Antonio Lopes da Fonseca
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8543460
  • - Research Article

Seasonal and Gender Differences in Presence of Rickettsia felis and Blood meals Provide Additional Evidence of a Vector Role for Mosquitoes

Jilei Zhang | Guangwu Lu | ... | Chengming Wang
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