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Species interactions in a parasite community drive infection risk in a wildlife population

Telfer, S, Lambin, X, Birtles, RJ, Beldomenico, P, Burthe, S, Paterson, S and Begon, M 2010, 'Species interactions in a parasite community drive infection risk in a wildlife population' , Science, 330 (6001) , pp. 243-246.

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    Abstract

    Most hosts, including humans, are simultaneously or sequentially infected with several parasites. A key question is whether patterns of coinfection arise because infection by one parasite species affects susceptibility to others or because of inherent differences between hosts. We used time-series data from individual hosts in natural populations to analyze patterns of infection risk for a microparasite community, detecting large positive and negative effects of other infections. Patterns remain once variations in host susceptibility and exposure are accounted for. Indeed, effects are typically of greater magnitude, and explain more variation in infection risk, than the effects associated with host and environmental factors more commonly considered in disease studies. We highlight the danger of mistaken inference when considering parasite species in isolation rather than parasite communities.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Science
    Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0036-8075
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 11:57
    Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 09:06
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19234

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