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vector-borne diseases


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A large and miscellaneous class of diseases that are transmitted to humans by vectors, predominantly insects. They include mosquito-borne diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and helminths; diseases spread by blackflies and other biting and blood-sucking flies, ticks, lice, fleas, etc.; and diseases in which the intermediate hosts are fish, freshwater snails, and mammals. Those of current concern in North America are described and discussed at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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