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Advances in studies of disease-navigating webs: Sarcoptes scabiei as a case study

AuthorsAlasaad, Samer ; Sarasa, Mathieu; Heukelbach, Jorg; Mijele, Dominic; Soriguer, Ramón C. ; Zhu, Xing-Quang; Rossi, Luca
Sarcoptes mite
Integrated approach
Issue Date9-Jan-2014
PublisherBioMed Central
CitationParasites & Vectors 2014 7(1): 16 (2014)
AbstractThe discipline of epidemiology is the study of the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in defined anima populations. It is the key to evidence-based medicine, which is one of the cornerstones of public health. One of the important facets of epidemiology is disease-navigating webs (disease-NW) through which zoonotic and multi-host parasites in general move from one host to another. Epidemiology in this context includes (i) classical epidemiological approaches based on the statistical analysis of disease prevalence and distribution and, more recently, (ii) genetic approaches with approximations of disease-agent population genetics. Both approaches, classical epidemiology and population genetics, are useful for studying disease-NW. However, both have strengths and weaknesses when applied separately, which, unfortunately, is too often current practice. In this paper, we use Sarcoptes scabiei mite epidemiology as a case study to show how important an integrated approach can be in understanding disease-NW and subsequent disease control.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1756-3305-7-16
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