Livestock Infections Deadliest When Host Species are Distant Relatives
Monday, May 27, 2019
University of British Columbia researchers have found that taxonomy can help predict infection severity when pathogens or parasites leap to a new species, Bovine Veterinarian reports.
Some pathogens can infect multiple species. Researchers Maxwell J. Farrell and T. Jonathan Davies found that when pathogens move between distantly related species, the infection is more likely to be lethal than when the pathogens move between species that are closely related.