Tick-borne Encephalitis

Effect of deer density on tick infestation of rodents and the hazard of tick-borne encephalitis. II: Population and infection models, International Journal for Parasitology, April 2012 [abstract]Understanding and quantifying the contribution of the different hosts involved in the TBE virus cycle is crucial in estimating the threshold conditions for virus emergence and spread. Some hosts, such as rodents, act both as feeding hosts for ticks and reservoirs of the infection. Other species, such as deer, provide important sources of blood for feeding ticks but they do not support TBE virus transmission, acting instead as dead-end (i.e., incompetent) hosts.

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