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9. Bacterial canine vector-borne zoonotic diseases in "One Health" concept
George Valiakos
International Journal of One Health, 2: 58-68

George Valiakos: Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Thessaly, Trikalon 224, Karditsa, Greece.

doi: 10.14202/IJOH.2016.58-68

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Article history: Received: 26-09-2016, Accepted: 01-11-2016, Published online: 20-11-2016

Corresponding author: George Valiakos


Citation: Valiakos G., Bacterial canine vector-borne zoonotic diseases in "One Health" concept. Int J One Health 2016;2:58-68.

Canine vector-borne diseases constitute a large group of diseases transmitted by arthropods with worldwide distribution. A wide range of bacterial, viral, and parasitic agents that are transmitted by vectors cause disease to dogs, many of which can also affect humans and thus have an important zoonotic potential. Bacterial agents that are transmitted by vectors have been considered less important than viral or parasitic agents and are not commonly discussed in companion animal practice. However, close contact between pet animals and people offers favorable conditions for transmission of these bacteria. Many of these diseases have become a focus of interest for scientists in recent years. Increase in reservoir abundance, climate change, changing habitat structure, socio-political changes, and imports of dogs for welfare reasons and trade as well as traveling are considered to be potential factors for the pathogens and vectors introduction into new areas. Apart from, the veterinary aspect of these diseases, domestic dogs could play a central epidemiological role in the transmission of bacterial agents to humans, acting as reservoirs and sentinels, a circumstance that requires a One Health approach. This review highlights the most important of these bacterial agents, presenting updated current knowledge with special reference to treatment approach and One Health aspect.

Keywords: bacteria, canine, One Health, vectors, zoonoses.


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