Vector-Borne Neglected and Tropical Diseases

What are VBNTDs?

Vectors are living organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animals to humans. Many of these vectors are bloodsucking insects, which ingest disease-causing microorganisms during a blood meal from an infected host, which can be a human or an animal. Later, when they sting another human or animal, they inject these microorganisms into a new host during their subsequent blood meal.

Such vectors are: mosquitoes, sandflies, triatomine bugs, blackflies, ticks, tsetse flies, mites, snails and lice.

Diseases transmitted by these vectors are called vector-borne and many Neglected Tropical Diseases are exactly this: vector-borne.