University of Wisconsin–Madison

Growing threat of vector-borne disease

The International Federation for Animal Health takes a new look at the increasing challenge of vector-borne diseases.

Combatting vector-borne disease is likely to become an increasing challenge in coming years, according to a new white paper out from the International Federation for Animal Health. Mosquitoes and ticks, for example, are common insect vectors, carrying diseases including malaria and dengue that affect humans and other pathogens that affect domesticated animals.

The report anticipates the effects of the increasing incidence of vector-borne diseases and looks to moving forward on several fronts, including building resilience in animals. It also looks to a One Health approach that recognizes animal, environmental and human health are interdependent.