Ecological Dynamics of Tick-Borne Zoonoses
by Daniel Sonenshine
Edition: 1st., 1994
The importance of tick-borne diseases to public health appears to have grown greatly during the 20th century. In addition, knowledge of the tick-transmitted diseases affecting livestock and other animals has expanded greatly since the seminal discovery of the Texas cattle fever agent, Babesia bigemmina, by Smith and Kilbourne in 1893. However, despite great progress in knowledge, most of these diseases remain and some have even increased in range. Control of these pervasive tick-borne disease problems has been hindered by significant gaps in our theoretical knowledge as well as a general lack of suitable tools and methods needed to evaluate the dynamic interplay between diverse factors regulating tick populations and the pathogens that they transmit.
The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with the knowledge necessary to understand the ecological principles that contribute to the
occurrence of tick-borne disease affecting public health, livestock, pets, and wildlife, as well as to apply those principles to specific disease problems. The goal is not to treat each principle in the abstract, but rather to consider how various factors integrate dynamically. To this end, the book is divided into two parts, with the beginning contributions (Chapters 1-8) focusing on principles related to the dynamics of zoonoses and later contributions (Chapters 9-13) providing examples of how these principles integrate in relation to particular zoonoses.