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Plague positive mouse fleas on mice prior to plague outbreaks in black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dogs


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Bron, G., and Boulerice, J., 2019, Plague positive mouse fleas on mice prior to plague outbreaks in black-tailed and white-tailed prairie dogs: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


In 2013, a large blinded, paired placebo-controlled field trial for the prairie dog oral sylvatic plague vaccine started in the Western US. On 17 paired plots, vaccine and placebo plots, small rodents were trapped annually for 3-5 consecutive nights (when weather allowed) and high elevation Utah plots where plague was active were more frequently trapped in 2014 and 2015. In the dataset the prevalence of flea infestation was recorded for the first annual summer sampling, it was summarized for all small rodent species caught and deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). Infestations were either for all flea species collected or for Aetheca wagneri only (our most abundant flea species). We used this data to assess if plague (Y. pestis) presence [...]


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Tonie E Rocke
Originator :
Gebbiena M Bron, Jesse Boulerice
Metadata Contact :
Tonie E Rocke
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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National Wildlife Health Center
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Data on flea abundance and Y. pestis prevalence in fleas were collected to to learn more about plague dynamics on prairie dog colonies and in particular the role of short-lived rodent as a reservoir or transporter of plague positive prairie dog fleas. The proportion of animals infested with fleas was expected to increase if plague was present.


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DOI doi:10.5066/P906H1NH

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