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Invasive species and human health.

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This book, which consists of 11 chapters, highlights the major impact of invasive alien plants and animals on human health. This includes not only direct effects through contact with the species via bites, wounds and disease, but also indirect effects caused by changes induced in ecosystems by invasive species, such as more water hyacinth increasing mosquito levels and thereby the potential for malaria. The book covers a wide range of case studies from different taxa (animals and plants), and provides an overview of the diverse impacts of invasive species on health in developed and developing countries. It covers invasive (and poisonous) plants, marine species, scorpions, spiders and other arachnids, ticks and dust mites, insects (e.g. bugs, ants, wasps, and moths), mosquitoes and other diptera, freshwater species (invertebrates and fishes), amphibians and reptiles, birds and mammals. Also, climate change effects on alien species relevant to human health are discussed. The broad spectrum of the analysed case studies will ensure the appeal of the book to a wide public, including researchers of biological invasions, physicians, policy-makers and managers, and students of invasive species in ecology, animal and plant biology and public health medicine.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Poisonous and venomous: marine alien species in the Mediterranean Sea and human health. Author(s): Galil, B.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 16) Invasive alien plant impacts on human health and well-being. Author(s): Lazzaro, L. Essl, F. Lugliè, A. Padedda, B. M. Pyšek, P. Brundu, G.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 34) Human health impact by alien spiders and scorpions. Author(s): Nentwig, W.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 49) Ticks and dust mites: invasive and health-affecting borderline organisms. Author(s): Simoni, S. Grandi, G.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 63) Bugs, ants, wasps, moths and other insect species. Author(s): Roques, A. Preda, C. Augustin, S. Auger-Rozenberg, M. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 76) The invasive mosquitoes of medical importance. Author(s): Romi, R. Boccolini, D. Luca, M. di Medlock, J. M. Schaffner, F. Severini, F. Toma, L.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 91) Invasive freshwater invertebrates and fishes: impacts on human health. Author(s): Souty-Grosset, C. Anastácio, P. Reynolds, J. Tricarico, E.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 108) Risks for human health related to invasive alien reptiles and amphibians. Author(s): Pauwels, O. S. G. Pantchev, N.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 120) Do alien free-ranging birds affect human health? A global summary of known zoonoses. Author(s): Mori, E. Meini, S. Strubbe, D. Ancillotto, L. Sposimo, P. Menchetti, M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 130) Impact of alien mammals on human health. Author(s): Capizzi, D. Monaco, A. Genovesi, P. Scalera, R. Carnevali, L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 151) Climate change and increase of impacts on human health by alien species. Author(s): Schindler, S. Rabitsch, W. Essl, F.