Species interactions in a parasite community drive infection risk in a wildlife population.

@article{Telfer2010SpeciesII,
  title={Species interactions in a parasite community drive infection risk in a wildlife population.},
  author={Sandra Telfer and Xavier Lambin and Richard Birtles and Pablo M Beldomenico and Sarah J Burthe and Steve Paterson and Mike Begon},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={330 6001},
  pages={243-6}
}
Most hosts, including humans, are simultaneously or sequentially infected with several parasites. A key question is whether patterns of coinfection arise because infection by one parasite species affects susceptibility to others or because of inherent differences between hosts. We used time-series data from individual hosts in natural populations to analyze patterns of infection risk for a microparasite community, detecting large positive and negative effects of other infections. Patterns… CONTINUE READING
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