Rodent-borne disease

Photo credit: Hillary Young
April 29, 2014
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Smithsonian scientists found that when large wildlife was excluded from a savanna ecosystem in Africa, the rodent and, consequently, flea abundance doubled. When the rodents and fleas in the area doubled, those infected with Bartonella doubled as well. (Photo by Hillary Young)