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Co-infections determine patterns of mortality in a population exposed to parasite infection

Woolhouse, M. E. J; Thumbi, S. M; Jennings, A; Chase-Topping, Margo; Callaby, R; Kiara, H; Oosthuizen, Marinda C; Mbole-Kariuki, Mary N; Conradie, Ilana; Handel, Ian G; Poole, E. Jane; Kruuk, Loeske


Many individual hosts are infected with multiple parasite species, and this may increase or decrease the pathogenicity of the infections. This phenomenon is termed heterologous reactivity and is potentially an important determinant of both patterns of morbidity and mortality and of the impact of disease control measures at the population level. Using infections with Theileria parva (a tick-borne protozoan, related to Plasmodium) in indigenous African cattle [where it causes East Coast fever...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Science Advances
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1400026
Access Rights: Open Access


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