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Press Release 12-218

Emerging Vector-Borne Diseases Create New Public Health Challenge

Land-use change, globalization of trade and travel, and social upheaval drive emergence of diseases

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Close-up photo of a tick.

Vector-borne diseases are transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas.

Credit: CDC


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Map of North and South America showing the spread of the West Nile virus.

In a decade, West Nile virus spread across the United States from coast to coast.

Credit: Marm Kilpatrick


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American robin on a branch.

American robins play a key role in the spread of West Nile virus.

Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


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Gray catbird caught in a research mist net near a museum in Washington, D.C.

Gray catbird caught in a research mist net near a museum in Washington, D.C.

Credit: Marm Kilpatrick


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Scientist Marm Kilpatrick taking a blood sample from a downy woodpecker.

Scientist Marm Kilpatrick taking a blood sample from a downy woodpecker.

Credit: UCSC


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