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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Understanding 'Bugs' to Improve and Save Lives

Rebecca Trout Fryxell, Assistant Professor of Medical and Veterinary EntomologyCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

​The global threat of vector-borne diseases is alarming and accounts for more than a quarter of human infectious disease deaths and an unknown amount of animal deaths. Vectors such as ticks and mosquitoes are numerous and unique to each environment and host population; thus, vector ecology is challenging and includes the identification, discovery, and conducting of hypothesis driven work for the probable reasons for disease transmission. While each problem has different goals and specific outcomes, the unifying aspect is that arthropods are transmitting serious pathogens and together these data set the argument for a One Health model for vector control. 

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