Wolbachia: Influence on pathogeny, treatment, and control of arthropod-borne diseases

Eric Caragata, Luciano A. Moreira

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Wolbachia pipientis is a naturally occurring bacterial endosymbiont of insects and other invertebrates that has recently gained prominence as a means for the biological control of important disease vector species. In this chapter we describe the biology of Wolbachia, its varied relationship with the invertebrates it infects, and how this relationship is a useful tool that is currently being exploited by novel and inventive means to reduce the capacity of insects to serve as vectors for a variety of diseases including dengue fever, lymphatic filariasis, and potentially even malaria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArthropod Borne Diseases
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319138848
ISBN (Print)9783319138831
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Dengue
  • Filariasis
  • Malaria
  • Mosquito control
  • Mosquito-transmitted disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • veterinary(all)


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