The function of biodiversity in the ecology of vector-borne zoonotic diseases

  title={The function of biodiversity in the ecology of vector-borne zoonotic diseases},
  author={Richard S. Ostfeld and Felicia Keesing},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Zoology},
This is a critical evaluation of the influence of species diversity within communities of vertebrates on the risk of human exposure to vector-borne zoonoses. Vertebrates serve as natural reservoirs of many disease agents (viral, bacterial, protozoal) that are transmitted to humans by blood-feeding arthropod vectors. We describe the natural history of the Lyme disease zoonosis to illustrate interactions among pathogens, vectors, vertebrate hosts, and risk to humans. We then describe how the… 

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