EID Journal Home > Volume 17, Number 5–May 2011 Volume 17, Number 5–May 2011 Vector-borne Infections Ronald Rosenberg and C. Ben BeardAuthor affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA Rosenberg R, Beard CB. Vector-borne infections. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2011 May [date cited]. http://www.cdc.gov/EID/content/17/5/769.htm AbstractInfections with vector-borne pathogens are a major source of emerging diseases. The ability of vectors to bridge spatial and ecologic gaps between animals and humans increases opportunities for emergence. Small adaptations of a pathogen to a vector can have profound effects on the rate of transmission to humans.