Does animal behavior underlie covariation between hosts' exposure to infectious agents and susceptibility to infection? Implications for disease dynamics.

@article{Hawley2011DoesAB,
  title={Does animal behavior underlie covariation between hosts' exposure to infectious agents and susceptibility to infection? Implications for disease dynamics.},
  author={Dana M Hawley and Rampal S. Etienne and Vanessa O Ezenwa and Anna E. Jolles},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={51 4},
  pages={528-39}
}
Animal behavior is unique in influencing both components of the process of transmission of disease: exposure to infectious agents, and susceptibility to infection once exposed. To date, the influence of behavior on exposure versus susceptibility has largely been considered separately. Here, we ask whether these two key mechanisms act in concert in natural populations, whereby individuals who are most exposed to infectious agents or have the most contact with conspecifics are also the most… CONTINUE READING
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