Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Tick-Borne Diseases of Humans

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Tick-Borne Diseases of Humans

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Tick-Borne Diseases of Humans ASM Press, American Society for Microbiology: Washington, DC, 2005. IX + 401 pages. Format 21 5 ? 278 mm. Binding: hardcover. Price USD 119.95. ISBN 1-55581-238-4

The editors are affiliated with the University of Minnesota, the Colorado State University and the Old Dominion University. The list of contributors contains a group of 41 scientists, mostly from USA, also from France, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and from South Africa. As declared in the preface by the editors, this book assembles in one place a comprehensive discussion ofthe tick-borne diseases that affect humans. The editors aimed in the present work to address a state-of-the-art information on disease epidemiology, transmission and ecology; clinical and laboratory findings; diagnosis; and treatment and prevention. Each contributor has specialized knowledge, and many have pioneered the discovery and understanding of tick-borne diseases, including their causative agents and ticks that spread them. Ticks and humans are increasingly in contact, as people both spread into new environments and travel more for work or pleasure. Some important tick-borne infections and their causative agents, such as Lyme borreliosis, have been recognized only recently. Most tick-borne infections of humans afflict domestic and wild animals and thus can be important in agriculture and veterinary medicine. Tick-borne diseases are extremely diverse, both biologically as well as clinically. They cause diseases that can be of acute onset and rapidly fatal, or multisystemic and chronic. Symptoms are often nonspecific, making recognition and appropriate treatment challenging.

The present volume is arranged into three major sections, each of which can be used independently or in concert with remaining two sections. There are 21 chapters, provided with pioneering as well as with topical literature. Each chapter embraces about 200 quotations.

Section I (chapters 1 through 17) provides insights into the ticks, their interactions with hosts, and the diseases they transmit. Discussed are tick-bome infections in an overview, the biology of tick vectors of human disease, different kinds of hosts for human pathogens, management of ticks and tick-borne diseases, clinical approach to the patient with a possible tick-borne illness, the human reaction to tick, and tick systematics and identification. …

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