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Proximity logger contacts (S4)


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Aiello, C.M., and Esque, T.C., 2017, Estimates of pathogen exposure predict varying transmission likelihood: Host contact and shedding patterns may clarify disease dynamics in desert tortoises Gopherus agassizii: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These datasets (S2-S3) document the transmission of a bacterial pathogen (Mycoplasma agassizii) between desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) experimentally introduced in captivity and were used to create and compare models predicting transmission probability given data on the hosts and their interactions. Dataset S2 includes variables describing the individual tortoises interacting, e.g. id, sex; variables describing the length of their interaction, e.g., number of days cohabitating, hours of direct contact; and variables estimating the infection level (based on data in S3) of infected tortoises involved in the interaction with the focal host.Interaction time and the amount of bacteria present in an infected host were used to calculate [...]


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Christina M Aiello, Todd C Esque
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Christina M Aiello
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Christina M Aiello
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Used to explore the contact pattern of wild desert tortoises and estimate the frequency of long-lasting interactions (which were determined to have high transmission likelihood based on analyses of S2).


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