Henry Puerta-Guardo

Autonomous University of Yucatán Mexico

Henry Puerta-Guardo, Ph.D., is a virologist that has travelled around the Americas studying vector-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika, West Nile, and chikungunya. After living in different cities in Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, and the United States, he has based his research studies in the city of Merida, Mexico). He is a professor and principal investigator at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan (UADY), Mexico, working on the understanding of the dynamics of mosquito-transmitted viruses to inform and improve vector control strategies. He is very passionate about identifying viral and host factors that contribute to virus pathogenesis and disease that would support the development of new potential prophylactics (e.g., vaccine targets) and/or therapeutics (e.g., antivirals) to combat neglected tropical diseases such as those transmitted by mosquitoes.

Henry Puerta-Guardo

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With around 3,500 species identified so far, mosquitoes can be found in virtually every environment and continent around the globe. Blood-feeding biters (e.g., Anopheles, Culex, Aedes, Ochlerotatus, and Mansonia) are among the most influential vectors for harboring and transmitting mosquito-borne diseases (MBDs) such as Zika, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile fever, dengue fever, yellow fever, and malaria, among other diseases. More than 700 million human infections and 725,000 deaths occur every year. Mosquitoes are increasing in number worldwide, yet there are still no effective vaccines or prevention strategies. Thus, traditional vector control strategies remain the most common ways to combat these diseases. Despite this, MBDs linger as one of the major challenges for public health and vector control programs at both global and local levels. This book provides a comprehensive overview of MBDs and vector control strategies.

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