The database has been developed in MS Access with VBA by Umberto Vesco, former PhD student at the Dept. Veterinary Sciences, University of Turin (DVS_UNITO), Grugliasco, Italy. Detailated description of the db structure can be fund in Vesco et al. An integrated database on ticks and tick-borne zoonoses in the tropics and subtropics with special reference to developing and emerging countries. Exp Appl Acarol. 54(1): 65-83. doi: 10.1007/s10493-010-9414-4).
The initial TBZ db webpage was designed and managed by Umberto Vesco and Daniele De Meneghi, DVS_UNITO. This version of the webpage is a result of a joint collaboration between DVS_UNITO and the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV), Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The researchers presently involved in the maintenance/updating of the TBZ db and webpage are active members of the European Network for Neglected Vectors & Vector-Borne Infections (EurNegVec project, TD1303 COST Action, www.eurnegvec.org). EurNegVec facilitated the collaboration between DVS_UNITO and USAMV (also through a STSM, in March 2016), and it will contribute to further disseminate and promote the collaborative TBZ db project amongst the other members/collaborators of the COST Action.
The database includes three forms: operator, source publication, and pathogen/disease record. Publication data are structured according to BiBTeX standards. Data about diseases/pathogen are collected according to the following categories: i. vector: tick names (by genus and species) according the World List of Valid Tick Names, by Horak I.G. et al. 2002; and Guglielmone A. et al (2010). The Argasidae, Ixodidae and Nuttalliellidae (Acari: Ixodida) of the world: a list of valid species names. Zootaxa 2528: 1–28 ii. pathogen, disease: names/abbreviations taken from ICTVdB -The Universal Virus Database, ver.4 and List of Prokaryotic Names with Standing in Nomenclature; iii. detection method: isolation, PCR, microscopy, serology, clinical case (incl. data on prevalence/incidence, according to type of study: epidemiological survey, clinical case reporting, etc.); iv. report refers to: human, animal, tick (larva/nymph/adult; on-host, free-living stage); v. report date (month/year); vi. country, location, geographical coordinates (datum WGS84) from atlas maps, web gazetteers.
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Note: you must install the MouseWheel support library for MS Access programs to run the database (see instructions for more details for the installation procedure).
The database integrates the MouseWheel DDL, so that the mouse wheel can be used to freely browse through the forms, without causing chaos in the edited db forms.
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