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Common voles are key players of tularemia epidemiology

This image shows a common vole (Microtus arvalis) from northwest Spain. Populations of this species typically experience boom-and-bust abundance dynamics that generate epizootic outbreaks of tularemia in the region. Molecular analyses of infection prevalence have demonstrated recently the role of common voles as amplification and spill over agents of this zoonotic disease. Fluctuations in the abundance of wild herbivorous mammals play a key role in the epidemiology of tularemia across Europe. Luque-Larena et al.

Image Credit: Juan José Luque-Larena