Short day lengths attenuate the symptoms of infection in Siberian hamsters.

@article{Bilbo2002ShortDL,
  title={Short day lengths attenuate the symptoms of infection in Siberian hamsters.},
  author={Staci D. Bilbo and Deborah L Drazen and Ning Quan and Lingli He and Randy J Nelson},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={269 1490},
  pages={447-54}
}
Symptoms of infection, such as fever, anorexia and lethargy, are ubiquitous among vertebrates. Rather than nonspecific manifestations of illness, these responses are organized, adaptive strategies that are often critical to host survival. During times of energetic shortage such as winter, however, it may be detrimental for individuals to prolong energetically demanding symptoms such as fever. Individuals may adjust their immune responses prior to winter by using day length to anticipate… CONTINUE READING