Is endemic stability of tick-borne disease in cattle a useful concept?

Jonsson, N.N. , Bock, R.E., Jorgensen, W.K., Morton, J.M. and Stear, M.J. (2012) Is endemic stability of tick-borne disease in cattle a useful concept? Trends in Parasitology, 28(3), pp. 85-89. (doi:10.1016/j.pt.2011.12.002)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2011.12.002

Abstract

Endemic stability is a widely used term in the epidemiology of ticks and tick-borne diseases. It is generally accepted to refer to a state of a host–tick–pathogen interaction in which there is a high level of challenge of calves by infected ticks, absence of clinical disease in calves despite infection, and a high level of immunity in adult cattle with consequent low incidence of clinical disease. Although endemic stability is a valid epidemiological concept, the modelling studies that underpinned subsequent studies on the epidemiology of tick-borne diseases were specific to a single host–tick–pathogen system, and values derived from these models should not be applied in other regions or host–tick–pathogen systems.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jonsson, Professor Nicholas and Stear, Professor Michael
Authors: Jonsson, N.N., Bock, R.E., Jorgensen, W.K., Morton, J.M., and Stear, M.J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Parasitology
ISSN:1471-4922
ISSN (Online):1471-5007
Published Online:23 January 2012

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