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Wild felids as hosts for human plague, Western United States

Released: 2009
Bevins, SN, JA Tracey, SP Franklin, VL Schmit, ML MacMillan, KL Gage, ME Schriefer, KA Logan, LL Sweanor, MW Alldredge, C Krumm, WM Boyce, W Vickers, SPD Riley, LM Lyren, EE Boydston, RN Fisher, ME Roelke, M Salman, KR Crooks, S VandeWoude. 2009. Wild felids as hosts for human plague, Western United States. Emerging Infectious Diseases 15(12): 2021-2024. doi: 10.3201/eid1512.090526

Plague seroprevalence was estimated in populations of pumas and bobcats in the western United States. High levels of exposure in plague-endemic regions indicate the need to consider the ecology and pathobiology of plague in nondomestic felid hosts to better understand the role of these species in disease persistence and transmission.

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