Empirical evidence for key hosts in persistence of a tick-borne disease.

  title={Empirical evidence for key hosts in persistence of a tick-borne disease.},
  author={Sarah Elizabeth Perkins and Isabella M. Cattadori and Valentina Tagliapietra and Annapaola Rizzoli and Peter J. Hudson},
  journal={International journal for parasitology},
  volume={33 9},
An important epidemiological consequence of aggregated host-parasite associations occurs when parasites are vectors of pathogens. Those hosts that attract many vectors will tend to be the focus of transmission. But to what extent, and can we identify characteristics of these key hosts? We investigated these questions with respect to the host-tick relationship of the yellow-necked mouse, Apodemus flavicollis, a critical host in the maintenance of the zoonotic disease, tick-borne encephalitis… CONTINUE READING
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