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This year, World Health Day is promoting protection from vector-borne diseases.
More than half of the world's population is at risk from vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. Yet, we can protect ourselves and our families by taking simple preventive measures, including vaccination.
“Vector-borne diseases” are infectious agents such as viruses, bacteria and parasites that living creatures carry and pass on to other living creatures. Disease carriers, called “vectors,” are usually mosquitoes, ticks and mammals. For example, mosquitoes carry the infectious agents that cause malaria and West Nile virus. Other vector-borne diseases include Lyme disease, Avian influenza and rabies. The Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, regional health authorities and, in some cases, local governments play a role in vector control.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) published an infographic to help promote protection against these preventable diseases http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2014/infographic.pdf?ua=1
For more information on World Health Day 2014 visit http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2014/en/