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Molecular insights into the ecology, epidemiology and evolution of bat rabies.

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  • UserDr Daniel Streicker, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow
  • ClockThursday 27 February 2014, 14:30-15:30
  • HousePart II Room, Department of Genetics.

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Hosts: John Welch and Ben Longdon

Anticipating and controlling emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases associated with wildlife requires understanding both the determinants of pathogen persistence within host populations and the ecological and evolutionary factors that facilitate cross-species transmission. The multi-species nature of disease emergence and the paucity of long-term data in most wild animal disease systems limit the applicability of traditional epidemiological inference. Strategies that embrace methodologically distinct, but conceptually unified datasets provide a way forward. I will present a series of case studies of rabies virus in North and South American bats that use longitudinal field studies, phylogenetic inference and epidemiological modeling to show how combined ecological and evolutionary inference can identify patterns in the origins and outcomes of pathogen emergence and guide interventions aimed at disease control.

This talk is part of the Genetics Seminar series.

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