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Common themes in changing vector-borne disease scenarios

Molyneux, David ORCID: (2003) 'Common themes in changing vector-borne disease scenarios'. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 97, Issue 2, pp. 129-132.

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The impact of climate change on disease patterns is controversial. However, global burden of disease studies suggest that infectious diseases will contribute a proportionately smaller burden of disease over the next 2 decades as non-communicable diseases emerge as public health problems. However, infectious diseases contribute proportionately more in the poorest quintile of the population. Notwithstanding the different views of the impact of global warming on vector-borne infections this paper reviews the conditions which drive the changing epidemiology of these infections and suggests that such change is linked by common themes including interactions of generalist vectors and reservoir hosts at interfaces with humans, reduced biodiversity associated with anthropogenic environmental changes, increases in Plasmodium falciparum:P. vivax ratios and well-described land use changes such as hydrological, urbanization, agricultural, mining and forest-associated impacts (extractive activities, road building, deforestation and migration) which are seen on a global scale.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: vector-borne infections climate change burden of disease agriculture deforestation
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 650 Insect vectors
WA Public Health > WA 20.5 Research (General)
WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WB Practice of Medicine > Medical Climatology > WB 700 Medical climatology. Geography of disease
WB Practice of Medicine > Medical Climatology > WB 710 Diseases of geographic areas
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Disease Control Strategy Group
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Depositing User: Sarah Lewis-Newton
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2012 10:33
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:04


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