Advancements in Rodent Vector Management for Food and Health Security

  • AMK Mohan Rao Member, Vector Control Working Group for Asia Pacific Swiss TPH, Basel, Switzerland and Former Joint Director, National Institute of Plant Health Management (Ministry of Agriculture, Govt of India), Hyderabad
  • SN Sharma Former Joint Director, National Vector Borne Disease Programme, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi
  • VD Krupadas Department of Agriculture, Office of Commissioner of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
  • Jayakumar Department of Agriculture, Office of Commissioner of Agriculture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Keywords: Rodents, Environment, Agriculture, Mammals, Bio-Diversity


Rodent vector management has undergone substantial development in today’s world which has helped to save the damage to agriculture and human health. It is a known fact that rodents are mammalspecies which are characterised by peculiar upper and lower pairs of evergrowing rootless incisor teeth. Moreover, rodents are the largest group of mammals with approximately 4,660 species. The impact of these species on human populations leads to big threats to the national economy and health. Crops are damaged before harvest, stored food is contaminated by rodent wastes, and burrowing buildings and pieces of furniture are damaged by the gnawing nature of rodents. From the point of view of human health, certain species are reservoirs for diseasessuch as plague, murine typhus,scrub typhus,tularaemia,rat-bite fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Lassa fever, among others. In the present manuscript, an attempt is made to highlight the recent advances in rodent vector management for food and human health.

How to cite this article:
Rao AMKM, Sharma SN, Krupadas VD, Jayakumar. Advancements in Rodent Vector Management for Food and Health Security. J Commun Dis. 2023;55(2):76-82.



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