The Multiple Roles of Infectious Diseases in the Serengeti Ecosystem

Sarah Cleaveland, Craig Packer, Katie Hampson, Magai Kaare, Richard Kock, Meggan Craft, Tiziana Limbo, Titus Mlengeya and Andy Dobson

in Serengeti III

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226760339
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226760353 | DOI:
The Multiple Roles of Infectious Diseases in the Serengeti Ecosystem

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This chapter describes research on specific pathogens that illustrates the multiple roles of infectious diseases in the Serengeti, including (a) impacts on individual hosts (canine distemper virus); (b) threats to endangered populations (rabies) and to the ecosystem (rinderpest); (c) impacts of disease on community structure and vegetation dynamics (rinderpest and anthrax); (d) wildlife as reservoirs of diseases that threaten livestock economies (malignant catarrhal fever) and human health (trypanosomiasis); (e) the consequences of animal diseases on rural poverty and land use decisions around the Serengeti; (f) the dynamics of multiple-host pathogens; and (g) the impact of major human diseases (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

Keywords: pathogens; canine distemper virus; rabies; rinderpest; anthrax; malignant catarrhal fever; trypanosomiasis; HIV; AIDS

Chapter.  11336 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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