Investigating the potential role of wildlife as reservoirs of Chikungunya virus : experimental infections and field studies
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne human pathogen endemic to Africa and Asia and the etiologic agent of chikungunya fever (CHIKF), a severe debilitating and often chronic arthralgic disease. The recent introduction of CHIKV into the Western Hemisphere has led to an increased initiative to investigate the role that mammals other than non-human primates might play during CHIKV sylvatic transmission cycles. The focus of the studies presented in this dissertation was to investigate the potential of several common rodent species to serve as reservoir and/or amplifying hosts for CHIKV during ...
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