Epidemiological Interaction at the Wildlife/Livestock/Human Interface: Can We Anticipate Emerging Infectious Diseases in Their Hotspots? A Framework for Understanding Emerging Diseases Processes in Their Hot Spots

  • Alexandre Caron
  • Serge Morand
  • Michel de Garine-Wichatitsky


Emerging infectious diseases’ hotspots have been identified as multi-host and multi-pathogen systems often characterized in tropical ecosystems by an extensive wildlife/domestic/human interface. The pathogen communities shared by the wild and domestic populations at this interface reflect the historical epidemiological interactions between them. In a research framework using recent community ecology, evolutionary biology and molecular biology advances, this information can be used to identify potential pathways for future pathogen spill-over initiating the emergence process. In other words, an understanding of the mechanisms of pathogen transmission in a specific ecosystem can provide an interaction network between host populations defined by nodes and edges and characterized by the frequency, intensity and direction of the interactions with a direct input for targeted disease surveillance.


Parasite Species Host Population Rodent Species Human Species Jaccard Index 
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This study was part of a French ANR Biodiversity ANR 07 BDIV 012, project CERoPath, “Community Ecology of Rodents and their Pathogens in a changing environment”. The authors are also grateful to Kittipong Chaisiri and Vincent Herbreteau.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Caron
    • 1
    • 2
  • Serge Morand
    • 2
    • 3
  • Michel de Garine-Wichatitsky
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Cirad AGIRsHarareZimbabwe
  2. 2.Cirad AGIRsMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, CNRS-IRD-UM2, CC65Université Montpellier 2MontpellierFrance

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