Vector-borne illnesses account for more than 17 percent of all infectious diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Vectors, or living organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans, are most often bloodsucking insects such as mosquitoes. Other vectors include ticks, flies, and fleas. Malaria, dengue fever, and the Zika virus are all vector-borne illnesses. Many of these illnesses are preventable by implementing protective measures such as targeted environmental mosquito control and use of insecticide-treated bed nets.
Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen discusses the Zika virus on CCTV America. Watch the clip.
Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen was recently interviewed by CCTV-America for World Malaria Day. Watch the interview.
Dr. Jacobsen was also interviewed by CCTV-America on Brazil's Dengue Fever outbreak. Learn more.
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