Several billion people are at daily risk of life threatening vector-borne diseases such as malaria, trypanosomiasis and dengue. This volume describes the way in which the causal pathogens of such diseases interact with the vectors that transmit them. It details the elegant biological adaptations that have enabled pathogens to live with their vectors and, in some circumstances, to control them. This knowledge has led to novel preventative strategies in the form of antibiotics and new vaccines which are targeted not at the pathogen itself but at its specific vector.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 762 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 24 mm
'The authors describe the advantages of insects as vectors and their numerous barriers to infection, including physico-chemical barriers, the gut, haemolymph, and the salivary glands themselves.' ASM News
"The authors of this volume have taken a step forward by systematically describing the characteristics of the vector-organism relationship." ASM News, Fred Rosenberg