Flea abundance on black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) increases during plague epizootics.

@article{Tripp2009FleaAO,
  title={Flea abundance on black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) increases during plague epizootics.},
  author={Daniel W. Tripp and Kenneth L. Gage and John A. Montenieri and Michael F. Antolin},
  journal={Vector borne and zoonotic diseases},
  year={2009},
  volume={9 3},
  pages={
          313-21
        }
}
Black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) on the Great Plains of the United States are highly susceptible to plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, with mortality on towns during plague epizootics often approaching 100%. The ability of flea-borne transmission to sustain disease spread has been questioned because of inefficiency of flea vectors. However, even with low individual efficiency, overall transmission can be increased if flea abundance (the number of fleas on hosts… CONTINUE READING
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