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Evaluation of Yersinia pestis Transmission Pathways for Sylvatic Plague in Prairie Dog Populations in the Western U.S.

Overview of attention for article published in EcoHealth, May 2016
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Title
Evaluation of Yersinia pestis Transmission Pathways for Sylvatic Plague in Prairie Dog Populations in the Western U.S.
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EcoHealth, May 2016
DOI 10.1007/s10393-016-1133-9
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Katherine L. D. Richgels, Robin E. Russell, Gebbiena M. Bron, Tonie E. Rocke

Abstract

Sylvatic plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, is periodically responsible for large die-offs in rodent populations that can spillover and cause human mortalities. In the western US, prairie dog populations experience nearly 100% mortality during plague outbreaks, suggesting that multiple transmission pathways combine to amplify plague dynamics. Several alternate pathways in addition to flea vectors have been proposed, such as transmission via direct contact with bodily fluids or inhalation of infectious droplets, consumption of carcasses, and environmental sources of plague bacteria, such as contaminated soil. However, evidence supporting the ability of these proposed alternate pathways to trigger large-scale epizootics remains elusive. Here we present a short review of potential plague transmission pathways and use an ordinary differential equation model to assess the contribution of each pathway to resulting plague dynamics in black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) and their fleas (Oropsylla hirsuta). Using our model, we found little evidence to suggest that soil contamination was capable of producing plague epizootics in prairie dogs. However, in the absence of flea transmission, direct transmission, i.e., contact with bodily fluids or inhalation of infectious droplets, could produce enzootic dynamics, and transmission via contact with or consumption of carcasses could produce epizootics. This suggests that these pathways warrant further investigation.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 46 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 25%
Researcher 11 23%
Student > Bachelor 9 19%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 6%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 6%
Other 5 10%
Unknown 5 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 18 38%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 6 13%
Immunology and Microbiology 3 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 6%
Environmental Science 3 6%
Other 6 13%
Unknown 9 19%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 10. 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 06 July 2020.
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#2,539,204
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#155
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#2
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