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1 November 2015 The Role of Early-Phase Transmission in the Spread of Yersinia pestis
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Early-phase transmission (EPT) of Yersinia pestis by unblocked fleas is a welldocumented, replicable phenomenon with poorly defined mechanisms. We review evidence demonstrating EPT and current knowledge on its biological and biomechanical processes. We discuss the importance of EPT in the epizootic spread of Y. pestis and its role in the maintenance of plague bacteria in nature.We further address the role of EPT in the epidemiology of plague.

Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America 2015.
Rebecca J. Eisen, David T. Dennis, and Kenneth L. Gage "The Role of Early-Phase Transmission in the Spread of Yersinia pestis," Journal of Medical Entomology 52(6), 1183-1192, (1 November 2015). https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjv128
Received: 12 June 2015; Accepted: 1 August 2015; Published: 1 November 2015
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