Linking human-disturbed landscapes with pathogen prevalence in wildlife: a meta-analysis
The percentage of earth disturbed by humans is rapidly growing. In a review of the available literature in wildlife disease ecology we performed a meta-analysis to determine if human disturbed landscapes increased prevalence of pathogens and parasites, compared to undisturbed landscapes. We analyzed a total of 68 cases of host-pathogen and host-parasites reported in 34 publications. We carried out analyses at two levels: 1.) studies reporting prevalence values for both disturbed and undisturbed landscapes, of which 46 cases within 13 published studies were included in the final analysis and ...
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