The Epidemiology of Arthropodborne Diseases

  • Bruce F. Eldridge


Epidemiology is the study of disease ecology. A disease is any departure from health. Infectious diseases result from infections by pathogens or parasites. However, as Chapter 1 explained, there are many other kinds of diseases (e.g., vitamin deficiencies, metabolic disorders, psychoses, etc.). Ecology studies the relationships between individuals or populations and their biological and physical environment. Understanding arthropodborne disease ecology is fundamental to medical entomology. Thorough knowledge of ecological relationships among host, parasite and vector may permit accurate prediction of the risk of arthropodborne diseases to humans or other vertebrate animals. Such knowledge also is vital to optimize strategies for disease prevention. Lastly, understanding pathogen-host interactions of a disease may help develop therapeutic measures.


Vertebrate Host Scrub Typhus Vector Competence Aedes Aegypti Arthropod Vector 
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  • Bruce F. Eldridge
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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