Ticks and tick-borne diseases: A One Health perspective

Filipe Dantas-Torres, Bruno B Chomel, Domenico Otranto

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Abstract

Tick-borne diseases are common occurrences in both the medical and veterinary clinical settings. In addition to the constraints related to their diagnosis and clinical management, the control and prevention of these diseases is often difficult, because it requires the disruption of a complex transmission chain, involving vertebrate hosts and ticks, which interact in a constantly changing environment. We provide a contemporary review of representative tick-borne diseases of humans and discuss aspects linked to their medical relevance worldwide. Finally, we emphasize the importance of a One Health approach to tick-borne diseases, calling physicians and veterinarians to unify their efforts in the management of these diseases, several of which are zoonoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-446
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Volume28
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Control
  • Diseases
  • Humans
  • One Health
  • Parasites
  • Ticks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Parasitology

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