The role of behavioural heterogeneity on infection patterns: implications for pathogen transmission

  title={The role of behavioural heterogeneity on infection patterns: implications for pathogen transmission},
  author={Laurie J. Dizney and M. Denise Dearing},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Animals infected with pathogens often differ in behaviour from their uninfected counterparts, and these differences may be key to understanding zoonotic pathogen transmission. To explore behavioural heterogeneity and its role in pathogen transmission, we studied deer mice, Peromyscus maniculatus, under field conditions. Deer mice are the natural host of Sin Nombre virus (SNV), a zoonotic pathogen with high human mortality. We live-trapped mice in May, July and September of 2009 and 2010, marked… CONTINUE READING

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