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Demonstrating frequency-dependent transmission of sarcoptic mange in red foxes


Devenish-Nelson, ES and Richards, SA and Harris, S and Soulsbury, C and Stephens, PA, Demonstrating frequency-dependent transmission of sarcoptic mange in red foxes, Biology Letters, 10, (10) Article 20140524. ISSN 1744-9561 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1098/rsbl.2014.0524


Understanding the relationship between disease transmission and host density is essential for predicting disease spread and control. Using long-term data on sarcoptic mange in a red fox Vulpes vulpes population, we tested long-held assumptions of density- and frequency-dependent direct disease transmission. We also assessed the role of indirect transmission. Contrary to assumptions typical of epidemiological models, mange dynamics are better explained by frequency-dependent disease transmission than by density-dependent transmission in this canid. We found no support for indirect transmission. We present the first estimates of R0 and age-specific transmission coefficients for mange in foxes. These parameters are important for managing this poorly understood but highly contagious and economically damaging disease.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mange, Vulpes vulpes, red fox
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Population ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Richards, SA (Dr Shane Richards)
ID Code:118708
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Office of the School of Natural Sciences
Deposited On:2017-07-18
Last Modified:2017-09-15

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