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Vector-Borne Diseases

Posted on February 8th, 2020

 

Vectors

Vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases,

causing more than 700,000 deaths annually world-wide.

 

(Excerpt from Orkin Pest Control)

Millions of microorganisms may flourish in a single fly’s gut, while a half-billion more swarm over its body and legs. Flies spread diseases readily because they move quickly from rotting, disease-laden garbage to exposed human foods and utensils. Every time a fly lands, it sloughs off thousands of microbes which can cause serious illnesses like:

  • Bloodstream infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Food poisoning
  • Meningitis

More than 100 pathogens are associated with the house fly, including Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E. coli, and Shigella. These pathogens can cause disease in humans and animals. Some of the diseases include:

  • Cholera 
  • Bacillary dysentery (Shigella)
  • Hepatitis
  • Typhoid fever

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