Population and transmission dynamics of cowpox in bank voles: testing fundamental assumptions

Begon, M ORCID: 0000-0003-1715-5327, Feore, SM, Brown, K, Chantrey, J ORCID: 0000-0002-4801-7034, Jones, T and Bennett, M
(1998) Population and transmission dynamics of cowpox in bank voles: testing fundamental assumptions. ECOLOGY LETTERS, 1 (2). pp. 82-86.

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The idea that the rate of production of new infections, of directly transmitted microparasites, is a reflection of an interaction between the number of infectious hosts and the number of susceptible hosts in a population is central to our understanding of dynamical processes in epidemiology. Empirical support for the idea has been seriously lacking, especially for endemic infections in natural hosts, but is provided here for cowpox virus infection in bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus), using alternative descriptions of transmission dynamics: true and pseudo mass action. The former appears, overall, to give a better description of the dynamics. Transmission rates differ in two natural populations, but both support previously untested theories on the allometric scaling of transmission rates.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ## TULIP Type: Articles/Papers (Journal) ## official_url: <Go to ISI>://000078303000004
Uncontrolled Keywords: bank vole, Clethrionomys, cowpox, disease, epidemiology, microparasite, pathogen, transmission, virus
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 09:27
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 10:24
DOI: 10.1046/j.1461-0248.1998.00018.x
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3000404