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Distance to human populations influences epidemiology of respiratory disease in desert tortoises

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Berry, KH, AE Coble, JL Yee, JS Mack, WM Perry, KM Anderson, MB Brown. 2015. Distance to human populations influences epidemiology of respiratory disease in desert tortoises. The Journal of Wildlife Management 79(1):122-136. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.816

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We explored variables likely to affect health of Agassiz's desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) in a 1,183-km2 study area in the central Mojave Desert of California between 2005 and 2008. We evaluated 1,004 tortoises for prevalence and spatial distribution of 2 pathogens, Mycoplasma agassizii and M. testudineum, that cause upper respiratory tract disease. We defined tortoises as test-positive if they were positive by culture and/or DNA identification or positive or suspect for specific antibody for either of the two pathogens. We used covariates of habitat (vegetation, elevation, slope, and aspect), tortoise size and sex, distance from another test-positive tortoise, and anthropogenic variables (distances to roads, agricultural areas, [...]

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