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Natural history of plague: perspectives from more than a century of research.
The zoonotic nature of the disease and that plague exists in natural cycles involving transmission between rodent hosts and flea vectors are among the most important discoveries.
Serologic and genetic identification of Peromyscus maniculatus as the primary rodent reservoir for a new hantavirus in the southwestern United States.
The numeric dominance of P. maniculatus, the high prevalence of antibody, and the RT-PCR findings implicate this species as the primary rodent reservoir for a new hantavirus in the southwestern United States.
Plague: Past, Present, and Future
The authors argue that plague should be taken much more seriously by the international health community and the government should take plague more seriously.
Plague manual--epidemiology, distribution, surveillance and control.
- D. Dennis, K. Gage, N. Gratz, Poland Jd, E. Tikhomirov
- MedicineReleve epidemiologique hebdomadaire
New information on the diagnosis and treatment of plague and a comprehensive review of the control of rodent reservoirs and flea vectors are presented.
Incidence of plague associated with increased winter-spring precipitation in New Mexico.
- R. Parmenter, E. P. Yadav, C. Parmenter, P. Ettestad, K. Gage
- Environmental ScienceAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- 1 November 1999
The result that the number of human plague cases in New Mexico was positively associated with higher than normal winter-spring precipitation at a local scale can be used by physicians and public health personnel to identify and predict periods of increased risk of plague transmission to humans.
Potential Influence of Climate Change on Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases: A Review and Proposed Research Plan
Climate change may affect the incidence of VBZDs through its effect on four principal characteristics of host and vector populations that relate to pathogen transmission to humans: geographic distribution, population density, prevalence of infection by zoonotic pathogens, and the pathogen load in individual hosts and vectors.
Early-phase transmission of Yersinia pestis by unblocked fleas as a mechanism explaining rapidly spreading plague epizootics
- R. Eisen, S. Bearden, Aryn P. Wilder, J. Montenieri, M. Antolin, K. Gage
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 17 October 2006
The scenario of efficient early-phase transmission by unblocked fleas described in this study calls for a paradigm shift in concepts of how Y. pestis is transmitted during rapidly spreading epizootics and epidemics, including, perhaps, the Black Death.
Genetic and ecologic characteristics of Bartonella communities in rodents in southern China.
- B. Ying, M. Kosoy, G. Maupin, K. Tsuchiya, K. Gage
- BiologyAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- 1 May 2002
The finding of Bartonella species in a high proportion of the rodent samples from Yunnan suggests the need to investigate whether these agents might be responsible for cases of febrile illnesses of unknown etiology in southern China and elsewhere in southeastern Asia.
Climate and vectorborne diseases.
Landscape Structure and Plague Occurrence in Black-tailed Prairie Dogs on Grasslands of the Western USA
Landscape structure influences the abundance and distribution of many species, including pathogens that cause infectious diseases. Black-tailed prairie dogs in the western USA have declined…