Decreased overall virulence in coinfected hosts leads to the persistence of virulent parasites.

@article{Alizon2008DecreasedOV,
  title={Decreased overall virulence in coinfected hosts leads to the persistence of virulent parasites.},
  author={Samuel Alizon},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2008},
  volume={172 2},
  pages={E67-79}
}
Multiple infections are known to affect virulence evolution. Some studies even show that coinfections may decrease the overall virulence (the disease-induced mortality of a coinfected host). Yet, epidemiological studies tend to overlook the overall virulence, and within-host models tend to ignore epidemiological processes. Here, I develop an epidemiological model where overall virulence is an explicit function of the virulence of the coinfecting strains. I show that in most cases, a unique… CONTINUE READING

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