Ecological epidemiology

Ecological epidemiology is the study of the ecology of infectious diseases. It includes population and community level studies of the interactions between hosts and their pathogens and parasites, and covers diseases of both humans and wildlife.

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  • News and Views |

    A modelling study suggests that the ecology of host co-colonisation may play a key role in shaping population-level frequencies of antibiotic resistance in commensal bacteria.

    • Sonja Lehtinen
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Debate surrounding the dilution effect hypothesis in disease ecology has reached such intensity that it is stymying further research. Yet collaborative progress is important for human health and biodiversity conservation.

    • Samniqueka Halsey
  • News and Views |

    Asymptomatic wild populations of Arabidopsis thaliana have been found infected with genetically diverse pathogenic Pseudomonas strains. New research highlights how little we understand about the eco-evolutionary dynamics of bacterial pathogens in natural plant communities.

    • Erica M. Goss
    •  & Sujan Timilsina
  • News and Views |

    A synthesis of epidemiological, laboratory and economic data provides suggestions for optimal vaccination strategies against foot-and-mouth disease in east African livestock.

    • Max S. Y. Lau
    •  & Bryan T. Grenfell
  • Editorial |

    An increased focus on identifying disease hotspots and pre-emptive intervention will be key to halting outbreaks before they become established, but political and economic obstacles cannot be ignored if ambitious new targets to reduce global cholera mortality tenfold are to be achieved.