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Vector borne diseases are infectious diseases spread through transmitters through disease-causing organisms typically identified as arthropods—invertebrate animals—although technically vertebrates can also become vectors. More than 85 percent of vectors are arthropods. They affect the health of the human population through stings, bites, or infestation. Considered most significant and widespread form of vector borne disease transmission is the bite of blood-feeding arthropods, especially mosquitoes.

Three factors comprise the transmission of vector borne diseases to humans: the pathologic agent, the arthropod vector, and the human host. Most of known vector borne diseases subsist through their animal hosts. Moreover, vector borne diseases are prevalent in the tropics and subtropics and are relatively less occurring in temperate zones.

Presented under this category are sites that provide various information and resources about vector borne diseases in different parts of the world, as transmitted by different kinds of vectors.
  • Journal of Vector Borne Diseases

    Peer reviewed and open access biomedical publication covering all aspects of vector borne diseases. Presents reviews, original research, case reports, short research communication, and letters to the editor.

  • Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District

    Undertakes a continuous routine and area-wide basis for health protection and economic enhancement by addressing problems associated with various vectors.

  • National Research Fund for Tick-Borne Diseases (NRFTD)

    Fund established to address research needs involving tick-borne diseases. Site presents press releases, research results, and information on grant winners.


    Official website of the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme. Presents news and updates, disease information, guidelines, maps, and photo gallery.

  • The Travel Doctor: Insect Borne Diseases

    Features information (in table form) about various insect borne diseases including malaria, yellow fever, filariasis, typhus, and plague.

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