Overview for Vector-Borne Diseases: Epidemiology and Control
Vector-borne diseases (e.g., malaria, filariasis, dengue, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, leishmaniasis etc.) are today one of the major causes of human suffering, both in terms of increasing morbidity/mortality and stunting intellectual/economic growth. No country, whether in tropics or temperate and developed or underdeveloped, is spared from their devastating impacts. The global disease burden is nearly unfathomable and there is a necessity to ponder over this issue for developing successful mitigation and response strategies. This book, Vector-Borne Diseases: Epidemiology and Control, explores in a unique way several biological and ecological phenomena of vector-borne diseases in context with their impact on human health and economy, in addition to update our knowledge on emerging regional and global vector-borne disease scenarios, public and animal health preparedness to enhance prevention, control, and therapeutic measures by employing scientific and technological advances through integrating available as well as innovative strategies to address current and future threats. This proceedings book of the eighth Int. Symp. of Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases is comprising 35 highly specialized articles on varied subjects presented in a lucid language and will hopefully serve a good purpose to all the researchers, university/medical college UG/PG students, general public health enthusiasts/stakeholders and government officials who yearn to be updated on the subject of vector-borne diseases and are in some way or other contributing their bit towards elimination or control of these diseases.
B.K. Tyagi (Editor)
Born on 23rd July, 1951 in Agra (UP), Dr. B.K. Tyagi completed his early schooling, college education and doctoral research in reputed institutions and Universities, and was adjudged best M.Sc. student (1974) and Research Scholar (1978), besides winning as post-doctoral researcher fellowships like JRF, SRF, PDF and Research Associateship under various GOI organizations. Before taking up his life long mission on mosquito research in 1981, he has worked quite extensively on as varied disciplines as odonate and thripsâ€™ cytotaxonomy, termite and ant ecology, collembolan taxonomy, entomogenous fungi and insect conservation. While pursuing research on vector-borne diseases like malaria, filariasis and dengue, dr. Tyagi has extensively worked in several States/Uts in the country, such as Gujarat, Pondicherry, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. He has to his credit nearly 170 titles, mostly on medical entomology, and most of which published in both national and international scientific journals. Dr. Tyagi was selected for the First Prize in a worldwide competition organized by the TDR/WHO in 1996, and his prized contribution was published in the Annual Report of the WHO, Geneva. In the scientific arena Dr. Tyagi has held many prestigious positions: (i) He was elected as the first National Representative in-Charge in South Asia for the International Odonatological Society (1981-1994), (ii) He was elected as the first Member in-Charge in southern Asia for the Odonata Specialist Group of Species Survival Commission (IUCN) (1985-1995), and (iii) He has been serving on the editorial boards of about a dozen scientific journals, in addition to being a Fellow and / or Member of nearly two dozens of national and international scientific bodies, including the prestigious royal Entomological Society, UK. He has visited several countries like France, Switzerland, USA, Czech Republic and Canada, for presenting scientific papers etc. He is the author of his magnum opus â€œMalaria in the Thar Desert: Facts, Figures and Futuresâ€, published in 2002. He has also invented a mechanical mosquito sampler which is patented by the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi.