Insects and disease in the 21st century : a wind of change

W. Takken

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In recent years, several other vectors have become world news: the sheep tick was discovered to be the vector of Lyme disease in 1980; the mosquito Culex pipiens began transmitting West Nile virus in North America in 1999; in August 2006, bluetongue virus was discovered in Belgium and the Netherlands, transmitted by biting midges and in 2007, Asian tiger mosquitoes began transmitting Chikungunya virus in northern Italy. Other anecdotes that are worthwhile mentioning, but not very good news because of their potential impact on our society: recorded cases of canine babesiosis in the Netherlands (Nijhof et al. 2007); the establishment of the tick Dermacentor reticulatus in the Netherlands (de Lange et al. 2005, Nijhof et al. 2007); records of the Asian tiger mosquito in southern Germany and Switzerland; the establishment of Aedes japonicus in Belgium and France; annual epidemics of dengue fever in the Caribbean and South America; head lice have become highly resistant to insecticides; and London hotels are frequently infested with bedbugs (Ter Poorten and Prose 2005)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen UR
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9789085852278
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • insects
  • diseases
  • infectious diseases
  • human diseases
  • animal diseases
  • disease vectors
  • vector-borne diseases
  • public speeches

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