Effects of species diversity on disease risk.

  title={Effects of species diversity on disease risk.},
  author={Felicia Keesing and Robert D. Holt and Richard S Ostfeld},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={9 4},
The transmission of infectious diseases is an inherently ecological process involving interactions among at least two, and often many, species. Not surprisingly, then, the species diversity of ecological communities can potentially affect the prevalence of infectious diseases. Although a number of studies have now identified effects of diversity on disease prevalence, the mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear in many cases. Starting with simple epidemiological models, we describe a… CONTINUE READING
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