Special Issue "Vector-Borne Diseases in a COVID-19 Redesigned World"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau
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Institut Louis Malardé, Po Box 30, 98 713 Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, France
Interests: surveillance; epidemiology; molecular epidemiology; pathogenesis and prevalence of mosquito-borne viruses; particularly dengue; Zika and chikungunya

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

More than simply supplanting any other health topic on the list of public health concerns, SARS-CoV-2 has been completely redesigning the present and future of Vector-Borne Diseases (VBD).

By modifying people’s everyday habits and behavior, and by restricting mobility worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted VBD transmission dynamics (leading to higher incidences of household dissemination during lockdown, i.e., lowering the perimeter of VBD dissemination, while also lowering the risk of introduction in nonendemic geographically isolated areas). The current period might be particularly informative regarding both local and external drivers of VBD transmission maintenance and extinction in a given area and context. 

By deprioritizing VBD surveillance, vector control, and VBD community action, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed VBD issues back several years, erasing decades of effort to raise the status of VBD (other than Dengue and Malaria). Beyond the highly publicized use of chloroquine-derived medication to treat COVID-19 and the unexpected limited access to treatment for malaria patients, the pandemic may also have deeply impacted data collection and VBD epidemic surveillance. Depending on the area or country, different VBD and different levels of impact have been described, together with the actions implemented to correct the lack of data and resources.

The COVID-19 situation may provide new insights into VBD prevention, surveillance, and diagnostics, as well as a higher acceptability of innovative solutions, such as RNA vaccines, Point-Of-Care molecular methods to detect RNA viruses, mobile-based tracing of infected cases, biological surveillance of travelers, to name a few. Such innovative strategies implemented with the hope of quickly winning the battle against COVID-19 might become durable solutions to prevent and manage VBD outbreaks; however, such innovative solutions are often expensive and impractical, thus increasing the gap between high- and low-income countries. For this reason, low-cost strategies for VBD surveillance and vector-control in low-resources settings are of great importance.

Dr. Van-Mai Cao-Lormeau
Guest Editor

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  • vector-borne diseases
  • arboviruses
  • Covid-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • surveillance
  • epidemiology
  • innovative solutions

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Impact of COVID-19 Mitigation Measures on Mosquito-Borne Diseases in 2020 in Queensland, Australia
Viruses 2021, 13(6), 1150; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/v13061150 - 16 Jun 2021
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We describe the impact of COVID-19 mitigation measures on mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland, Australia, during the first half of 2020. Implementation of restrictions coincided with an atypical late season outbreak of Ross River virus (RRV) characterized by a peak in notifications in April [...] Read more.
We describe the impact of COVID-19 mitigation measures on mosquito-borne diseases in Queensland, Australia, during the first half of 2020. Implementation of restrictions coincided with an atypical late season outbreak of Ross River virus (RRV) characterized by a peak in notifications in April (1173) and May (955) which were greater than 3-fold the mean observed for the previous four years. We propose that limitations on human movement likely resulted in the majority of RRV infections being acquired at or near the place of residence, and that an increase in outdoor activities, such as gardening and bushwalking in the local household vicinity, increased risk of exposure to RRV-infected mosquitoes. In contrast, the precipitous decline in international passenger flights led to a reduction in the number of imported dengue and malaria cases of over 70% and 60%, respectively, compared with the previous five years. This substantial reduction in flights also reduced a risk pathway for importation of exotic mosquitoes, but the risk posed by importation via sea cargo was not affected. Overall, the emergence of COVID-19 has had a varied impact on mosquito-borne disease epidemiology in Queensland, but the need for mosquito surveillance and control, together with encouragement of personal protective measures, remains unchanged. Full article
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