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Great ape populations are increasingly vulnerable to infectious diseases but little is known about the factors involved in disease transmission; critical information needed to help protect these endangered animals. Researchers will study how social behaviors and movement patterns of free-ranging Grauer's gorillas influence parasite transmission within and between two distinct populations of these animals living in either high- or low-altitude forests. Data from this study will form a framework to help model disease spread from parasites and other disease agents that threaten great apes worldwide, such as viral respiratory infections and Ebola virus disease.

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University of California/Davis
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United States
Neetha Iyer, BSc
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Infectious Disease