Assembling evidence for identifying reservoirs of infection

Viana, M. , Mancy, R. , Biek, R. , Cleaveland, S. , Cross, P. C., Lloyd-Smith, J. O. and Haydon, D. T. (2014) Assembling evidence for identifying reservoirs of infection. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29(5), pp. 270-279. (doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2014.03.002) (PMID:24726345) (PMCID:PMC4007595)

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Many pathogens persist in multihost systems, making the identification of infection reservoirs crucial for devising effective interventions. Here, we present a conceptual framework for classifying patterns of incidence and prevalence, and review recent scientific advances that allow us to study and manage reservoirs simultaneously. We argue that interventions can have a crucial role in enriching our mechanistic understanding of how reservoirs function and should be embedded as quasi-experimental studies in adaptive management frameworks. Single approaches to the study of reservoirs are unlikely to generate conclusive insights whereas the formal integration of data and methodologies, involving interventions, pathogen genetics, and contemporary surveillance techniques, promises to open up new opportunities to advance understanding of complex multihost systems.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Haydon, Professor Daniel and Viana, Dr Mafalda and Mancy, Dr Rebecca and Biek, Professor Roman and Cleaveland, Professor Sarah
Authors: Viana, M., Mancy, R., Biek, R., Cleaveland, S., Cross, P. C., Lloyd-Smith, J. O., and Haydon, D. T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Interdisciplinary Science Education Technologies and Learning
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Ecology and Evolution
ISSN (Online):1872-8383
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29(5)@270-279
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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