Sources and sinks: revisiting the criteria for identifying reservoirs for American cutaneous leishmaniasis

Luis F. Chaves, Maria J. Hernandez, Andrew P. Dobson, Mercedes Pascual

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Abstract

Molecular-based approaches might be misleading for assessing the 'potential importance' of possible reservoirs for parasites unless used in conjunction with population dynamics and ecological studies that provide an understanding of the linkages between the enzootic transmission cycle (in wild animals) and that in domestic animals. Better understanding of ecological constraints on Leishmania transmission is needed to assess fully the passage of the parasite between its sandfly vector and different mammalian host species. We use a straightforward mathematical framework to illustrate that misuse of association patterns, as guidance for implementation of control measures, can in fact increase the endemism of leishmaniasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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