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.
- Francisella tularensis
- density dependence
- tularaemia outbreaks
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