Disentangling the link between supplemental feeding, population density, and the prevalence of pathogens in urban stray cats

Corresponding Author: Myung-Sun Chun, jdchun@snu.ac.kr Summary Author: Leah Crone, lec62627@uga.edu Feral cats often receive supplemental feeding from humans in urban environments.  These humans can be considered “cat caretakers.” With an expected positive correlation between increased cat population density and cat caretaker activity, there is concern that more densely populated areas […]

Changing resource landscapes and spillover of henipaviruses

Corresponding author: Maureen Kessler, maureenkkessler@gmail.com Due to land use change, many pteropodids, a family of old world fruit bats, are forced to alter their foraging behavior, causing them to move to regions that are in close proximity to humans. This leads to more human-bat interactions and a greater risk of zoonotic […]

Anticipating epidemic transitions with imperfect data

Corresponding Author: Tobias S. Brett Recent literature has highlighted the potential to predict disease outbreak through early-warning signals (EWS), summary statistics which undergo characteristic changes as an epidemic transition is approached. In these transitions, disease transmission can shift from limited, stuttering chains of transmission to large-scale outbreaks. Thus successful prediction […]

Estimating the distance to an epidemic threshold

Corresponding Author: Eamon B. O’Dea, odea35@gmail.com An important component of predicting disease emergence is the ability to assess the distance to epidemic thresholds, the critical number of susceptible hosts needed for an epidemic to occur. Monitoring this threshold allows researchers to confirm the emergence of an epidemic and take action […]

Effectiveness of WHO’s pragmatic screening algorithm for child contacts of tuberculosis cases in resource-constrained settings: a prospective cohort study in Uganda

Corresponding Author:  Andreas Handel, andreas.handel@gmail.com For infectious diseases, especially diseases that are spread from person to person by droplets in the air produced by coughing or sneezing, determining the contact rate and tracing the contact network provides important information for implementing effective health interventions. One such disease, tuberculosis (TB), is […]

The impact of past vaccination coverage and immunity on pertussis resurgence

Corresponding Author: Pejman Rohani; Rohani@uga.edu After implementing routine vaccination in the 1940s, the United States witnessed a 100-fold reduction in pertussis cases, also known as whooping cough, leaving most to believe the disease to be essentially eliminated. However, this respiratory disease has made a surprising comeback, with a startling 48,277 reported […]

The description and number of undiscovered mammal species

Corresponding authors: John Vinson, vinsonje@uga.edu; John Drake, john@drakeresearchlab.com Accurate species counts, as well as estimates of the number of undescribed species for a given ecosystem, are important for implementing effective conservation strategies across the globe. Since it is impossible to get a direct, total count of all species on Earth, […]

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