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Tick-Borne Diseases - A Review and an Update of Knowledge on Infections in Human and Animal Population

Elisa Pieragostini

Independent Researcher

Professor of Animal genetics and breeding at Bari University, a researcher in animal genetics related to the resilience of Apulian livestock to enzootic tick-borne haemoparasites and to the involved functional effect of hemoglobin variants. She is a member of national and international scientific associations.


Zoonosis Global Climate Change Epidemiology Risk Factors Haemoparasites Prevention & Control Piroplasmosis Anaplasmosis Babesiosis Theileriosis Tick-Borne Diseases Ticks

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Ticks are obliged to blood-feeding external parasites of mammals, birds, and reptiles. They are globally important vectors of pathogens that impact both human and animal health. The number of known tick-borne pathogens has increased dramatically since the 1980s; species of Theileria, Babesia, and Anaplasma are tick-borne parasites that are prevalent throughout the world, particularly in the tropical and subtropical regions. Associated diseases of Theileriosis, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis, respectively, represent a major threat to livestock production in many countries. These infections occur on all continents, whereas their distribution changes continuously due to the migration and transportation of vectors and animals and the increased globalization of live animals. Thus, the expanding geographic ranges of vectors and pathogens, increasing abundance of ticks and tick-transmitted infectious agents, are raising global public health concerns.

This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art on Theileriosis, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis, both in humans and domestic animals. Particularly this book aims to permit the researchers to enter into a critical focus on the biology of the parasites, eco-epidemiology of the diseases, clinical manifestations, risk factors, immunology, surveillance, diagnosis, identification, and management of risks as well as the potential economic impact on animal production.

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Elisa Pieragostini

Independent Researcher

Dr. Pieragostini has a Degree in Biological Sciences, DPhil in Biochemistry received from Bologna University, Italy. She was an Assistant professor of “Genetics” at the Faculty of Science of Bologna University, a Full professor of “Animal genetics and breeding” Bari University, Italy, and Elected President of course on “Agricultural Science and Technology” (2001-2010) Bari University. She retired in 2015. From 1977 to 1984 she carried out intensive work on Drosophila investigating quantitative characters associated with biochemical markers. From the1985 onwards, she had been studying Apulian farm animals focusing on blood-based markers as well as on the structure-function relationship of the different hemoglobin variants come across and their relationship with the Apulian livestock resilience to the enzootic tick-borne diseases. She was Project Director She is a member of national and international scientific associations.

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