mardi 29 avril 2014

Declines in large wildlife lead to increases in disease risk

In the Middle Ages, fleas carried by rats were responsible for spreading the Black Plague. Today in East Africa, they remain important vectors of plague and many other diseases, including Bartonellosis, a potentially dangerous human pathogen. The researchers concluded that the "spike in disease risk results from explosions in the number of rodents that benefit from the removal of the larger animals." Declines in large wildlife lead to increases in disease risk

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