Public Health Significance of Urban Pests
EURO Nonserial Publication
Bonnefoy, X., Kampen, H., Sweeney, K.
WHO Regional Office for Europe
ISBN-13    9789289071888 ISBN-10    9289071885
Order Number    13400074 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    120.00 / US$    144.00 Developing countries:    CHF    84.00
English     2008        582   pages
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Many urban planners and managers erroneously assume that pest-borne diseases are relics of the past. Since the mid-20th century, however, major changes in ecology, climate and human behaviour have favoured the proliferation of urban pests. Alarmingly, the dramatic rise in urban sprawl has led to city suburbs becoming the natural habitat of ticks, rodents and other pests.

These changes make timely a new analysis of the effects of present-day urban pests on health. To this end, WHO invited international experts in various pest-related fields to identify the public health risk posed by various pests and to suggest appropriate prevention and control measures.

This book presents their conclusions and formulates policy options for all levels of decision-making on the future management of pests and pest-related diseases.