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Modeling the niche of plague

Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for bubonic and pneumonic plague in humans, also causes disease in rodents like deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). The western United States has one of the largest concentrations of plague in the modern world, and this study set out to model Y. pestis infections occurring in the region not only in the wild but also domestic animal.

Assessing risk of Lassa fever in West Africa

With previous research having pinpointed the Natal multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis) as the animal host of lassa virus, the authors used more than 2 million GBIF-mediated records for all members of the family Muridae to model the host species’ distribution.