Density-Dependent Prevalence of Francisella tularensis in Fluctuating Vole Populations, Northwestern Spain

Ruth Rodríguez-Pastor, Raquel Escudero, Dolors Vidal, François Mougeot, Beatriz Arroyo, Xavier Lambin, Ave Maria Vila-Coro, Isabel Rodríguez-Moreno, Pedro Anda, Juan J Luque-Larena

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Abstract

Tularemia in humans in northwestern Spain is associated with increases in vole populations. Prevalence of infection with Francisella tularensis in common voles increased to 33% during a vole population fluctuation. This finding confirms that voles are spillover agents for zoonotic outbreaks. Ecologic interactions associated with tularemia prevention should be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1377-1379
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Francisella tularensis
  • Microtus
  • prevalence
  • density dependence
  • tularaemia outbreaks
  • Spain

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    Rodríguez-Pastor, R., Escudero, R., Vidal, D., Mougeot, F., Arroyo, B., Lambin, X., Vila-Coro, A. M., Rodríguez-Moreno, I., Anda, P., & Luque-Larena, J. J. (2017). Density-Dependent Prevalence of Francisella tularensis in Fluctuating Vole Populations, Northwestern Spain. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23(8), 1377-1379. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2308.161194