Talk:Vector (epidemiology)

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Sources[edit]

Following the addition of a second source, I think that removes the question of verifiability from the article and I've re-assessed it as Start-class. I'd still urge anybody with expertise in this field to find further sources, as a lot of the article is still uncited. --RexxS (talk) 14:42, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

SciAm resource, regarding the effects of global warming and effects of climate change on humans[edit]

Climate Change May Make Insect-Born Diseases Harder to Control "Warmer temperatures will combine with numerous other factors to make diseases like malaria and West Nile virus harder to control" by Umair Irfan and ClimateWire November 21, 2011 Scientific American, reprinted from Climatewire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. www.eenews.net

Also see Regional effects of global warming, malaria, dengue fever, World Health Organization, mosquitoes, ecology, evolutionary biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, Science (journal), birds, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Academic Medical Center, Oxford University, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Princeton University,

97.87.29.188 (talk) 23:12, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

Environment & Energy Publishing#ClimateWire. 99.181.134.134 (talk) 05:08, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

vector vs host[edit]

Hey all, I'm a bit confused. I learned, that the host is the organism in which the parasite reproduces, whereas the vector only acts as a reservoir. So in the case of malaria or Chagas disease humans would be the vectors and the insects the host. But in all the articles humans are named as hosts and insects as vectors. I get it, that it is written from a human point of view but it makes it sound as if we are more important for the parasites than their actual primary hosts. Or did I understand something wrong? Best regards, Baertierchen (talk) 02:10, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

Vector definition[edit]

I'm no expert but I'm also considering if the definition is in error. I was under the impression that a disease vector was any mechanism of transmission and not as such limited to living organisms. For instance a vector could be water supply that spreads a disease or sewer system or air ventilation in a cinema. Or contact surfaces in public. If those are not vectors then what term is appropriate for disease transmission mechanisms? 85.83.19.103 (talk) 20:36, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Edits 7 April 2014[edit]

Hello,

I've made a chunk of edits to the page, hopefully seen as improvements. Explanations:

  1. Added World Health Organization and Vector-Borne Disease section. Updates article with fresh information.
  2. Added Vector-Borne Zoonotic Disease and Human Activity section. Updates article with fresh information.
  3. Changed "Further Reading" header to Bibliography. See WP:BIBLIOGRAPHY. (I think it looks more professional for a scientific-based page to use Bibliography).
  4. Added more sources to Bibliography.
  5. Added Notes section to offer extra information on less obvious definitions.
  6. Renamed "Footnotes" to References. See WP:CITE

Thanks, Nhj78992 (talk) 20:28, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Twin article.[edit]

What is the difference between Vector (epidemiology) and Asymptomatic carrier? Both transmit disease to others. 85.193.195.22 (talk) 13:58, 14 October 2014 (UTC)