About this Research Topic
Zoonotic parasitic diseases are caused by one of the most challenging groups of pathogens in the current natural background, already profoundly changed by globalization and anthropogenic impacts. Climate change represents an additional variable for researchers, potentially able to modify fundamental features of zoonoses, such as host preference, infectivity, or geographical distribution.
The aim of this Research Topic is to gather the most updated studies on zoonotic diseases, with particular attention to neglected and foodborne parasites, such as protozoan and metazoans, and taking into account the challenging scenarios represented by climate change and the anthropogenic impacts. By the mean of a multidisciplinary approach which unifies different areas of research related to the health of the environment, animals, and humans, the present collection has the ambition to highlight the importance of the “One-Health” concept. Having a broad view of a disease, the scientific community could better understand important epidemiological aspects of different subjects intimately connected (such as abiotic and biotic environments) and involved in diseases; consequently, we could improve our ability to plan and model changing factors in diseases. Interdisciplinary collaboration is becoming a gold standard for planning epidemiological surveys and developing effective control strategies for zoonotic diseases.
This Research Topic aims to collect the current research findings on zoonoses, with emphasis on neglected and foodborne diseases transmitted by unicellular and multicellular parasites (among many: opportunistic protozoans as Cryptosporidium and Toxoplasma, debated unicellular organisms as Blastocystis; helminths including digeneans as Fasciola and Schistosoma, cestodes as Echinococcus and nematodes as Ascaris and Trichuris). Original Research articles, Reviews, and Perspective Articles are welcome.
Topic Editor Marco Pombi holds a patent for a mosquito trap. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.
Keywords: zoonoses, parasites, neglected diseases, global change
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