Describe the organism that causes the disease and the vector that transmits the disease to humans.

Describe a vector-borne disease that represents public health problems in the United States. Infections may be spread among humans by intermediaries known as vectors. Certain insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, etc., serve as vectors.

Using your course textbook, the South University Online Library, and the Internet, research the vector-borne diseases. Find maps that reveal the vector-borne diseases that have significantly affected the world history (e.g., plague).

In your response, address the following:

Describe the organism that causes the disease and the vector that transmits the disease to humans.
Briefly list the health problems caused by the disease and whether the disease can be fatal.
Provide key statistics on the frequency with which the disease occurs in the United States and whether certain areas of the country are at greater risk than others.
Review the environmental conditions that favor spread of the disease and the public health programs in place to prevent the disease in the United States. Provide your opinion on how these public health programs could be improved.

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