Rates of spread of marine pathogens

McCallum, H, Harvell, D and Dobson, A (2003) Rates of spread of marine pathogens. Ecology Letters, 6 12: 1062-1067. doi:10.1046/j.1461-0248.2003.00545.x

Author McCallum, H
Harvell, D
Dobson, A
Title Rates of spread of marine pathogens
Journal name Ecology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-023X
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1046/j.1461-0248.2003.00545.x
Volume 6
Issue 12
Start page 1062
End page 1067
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
270702 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
770303 Control of pests and exotic species
Abstract Epidemics of marine pathogens can spread at extremely rapid rates. For example, herpes virus spread through pilchard populations in Australia at a rate in excess of 10 000 km year(-1), and morbillivirus infections in seals and dolphins have spread at more than 3000 km year(-1). In terrestrial environments, only the epidemics of myxomatosis and calicivirus in Australian rabbits and West Nile Virus in birds in North America have rates of spread in excess of 1000 km year(-1). The rapid rates of spread of these epidemics has been attributed to flying insect vectors, but flying vectors have not been proposed for any marine pathogen. The most likely explanation for the relatively rapid spread of marine pathogens is the lack of barriers to dispersal in some parts of the ocean, and the potential for long-term survival of pathogens outside the host. These findings caution that pathogens may pose a particularly severe problem in the ocean. There is a need to develop epidemic models capable of generating these high rates of spread and obtain more estimates of disease spread rate.
Keyword Ecology
Marine Pathogens
Rate Of Spread
Rabbit Hemorrhagic-disease
Phocine Distemper Virus
Mass Mortality
Mouth Epidemic
Q-Index Code C1

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