Reservoir hosts experiencing food stress alter transmission dynamics for a zoonotic pathogen

Jennifer C. Owen, Hannah R. Landwerlen, Dhruv B. Sharma, Sichao Wang, Alexander T. Ciota, Laura D. Kramer, Alan P. Dupuis & Aniruddha V. Belsare
Anthropogenic environmental change can significantly alter availability and quality of food resources for reservoir hosts and impact host-pathogen interactions in the wild. The state of the host’s nutritional reserves as time of infection is a key factor influencing infection outcomes by altering host resistance. Here we combine experimental and model-based approaches to better understand how an environmental stressor affects host resistance to West Nile virus (WNV). Using American robins (Turdus migratorius), a species considered a...
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