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Inferring infection hazard in wildlife populations by linking data across individual and population scales

Overview of attention for article published in Ecology Letters, January 2017
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Title
Inferring infection hazard in wildlife populations by linking data across individual and population scales
Published in
Ecology Letters, January 2017
DOI 10.1111/ele.12732
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Authors

Kim M. Pepin, Shannon L. Kay, Ben D. Golas, Susan S. Shriner, Amy T. Gilbert, Ryan S. Miller, Andrea L. Graham, Steven Riley, Paul C. Cross, Michael D. Samuel, Mevin B. Hooten, Jennifer A. Hoeting, James O. Lloyd-Smith, Colleen T. Webb, Michael G. Buhnerkempe

Abstract

Our ability to infer unobservable disease-dynamic processes such as force of infection (infection hazard for susceptible hosts) has transformed our understanding of disease transmission mechanisms and capacity to predict disease dynamics. Conventional methods for inferring FOI estimate a time-averaged value and are based on population-level processes. Because many pathogens exhibit epidemic cycling and FOI is the result of processes acting across the scales of individuals and populations, a flexible framework that extends to epidemic dynamics and links within-host processes to FOI is needed. Specifically, within-host antibody kinetics in wildlife hosts can be short-lived and produce patterns that are repeatable across individuals, suggesting individual-level antibody concentrations could be used to infer time since infection and hence FOI. Using simulations and case studies (influenza A in lesser snow geese and Yersinia pestis in coyotes), we argue that with careful experimental and surveillance design, the population-level FOI signal can be recovered from individual-level antibody kinetics, despite substantial individual-level variation. In addition to improving inference, the cross-scale quantitative antibody approach we describe can reveal insights into drivers of individual-based variation in disease response, and the role of poorly understood processes such as secondary infections, in population-level dynamics of disease.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 2%
Finland 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Unknown 156 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 44 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 32 20%
Student > Master 19 12%
Student > Bachelor 13 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 5%
Other 28 17%
Unknown 19 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 71 43%
Environmental Science 20 12%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 10 6%
Immunology and Microbiology 6 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 2%
Other 15 9%
Unknown 38 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 February 2017.
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#1,772,749
of 15,936,688 outputs
Outputs from Ecology Letters
#1,100
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#51,495
of 357,322 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Ecology Letters
#28
of 41 outputs
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