Plague Outbreaks in Prairie Dog Populations Explained by Percolation Thresholds of Alternate Host Abundance

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A recent research on plague outbreak in prairie dog population done by Jamie Jones and his colleagues sheds light on an alternative perspective on plague's ecology. That is, disease transmission can be exacerbated by alternative hosts. Furthermore, abundance thresholds of alternate hosts may be a key phenomenon determining outbreaks of disease in many multihost-disease systems.

Read Article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.