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J Biomed Inform. 2011 Feb;44(1):42-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2010.03.012. Epub 2010 Apr 2.

A set of ontologies to drive tools for the control of vector-borne diseases.

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Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, 711 10 Heraklion, Crete, Greece.


We are developing a set of ontologies dealing with vector-borne diseases as well as the arthropod vectors that transmit them. After building ontologies for mosquito and tick anatomy we continued this project with an ontology of insecticide resistance followed by a series of ontologies that describe malaria as well as physiological processes of mosquitoes that are relevant to, and involved in, disease transmission. These will later be expanded to encompass other vector-borne diseases as well as non-mosquito vectors. The aim of the whole undertaking, which is worked out in the frame of the international IDO (Infectious Disease Ontology) project, is to provide the community with a set of ontological tools that can be used both in the development of specific databases and, most importantly, in the construction of decision support systems (DSS) to control these diseases.

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