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Monitoring rodents movements with a biomarker around introduction and feeding foci in an urban environment in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Mohr, Katrine
dc.contributor.author Leirs, Herwig
dc.contributor.author Katakweba, Abdul
dc.contributor.author Machang’u, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-17T12:32:57Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-17T12:32:57Z
dc.date.issued 2007-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/935
dc.description.abstract Rodents are of concern as reservoirs and transmitters of pathogens that cause zoonotic and other diseases in domestic animals and humans. The contact between wild and urban rodent fauna is increasing in expanding cities in Africa, and this arguably increases the risk of disease transmission to urban populations. When rodents from rural areas are accidentally introduced into cities and encounter urban rodents, for example, in markets, grain mills and butcheries, there is a potential that pathogens are transferred between rural and urban rodent populations. Using a non-toxic biomarker, Rhodamine B (RB), we investigated the distances over which rodents are active around such potential introduction sites. Animals feeding at such sites were traced up to 100 m distant within a period of 10 days.We found that RB is a practical alternative for studying rodent movements. These results may be useful in designing management strategies to reduce the risk of the introduction of new rodent-borne pathogens in cities en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Zoological Society of Southern Africa en_US
dc.subject Rhodamine B en_US
dc.subject Biomarker en_US
dc.subject Rodents en_US
dc.subject Pest management en_US
dc.title Monitoring rodents movements with a biomarker around introduction and feeding foci in an urban environment in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url http://www.bioone.org/doi/ en_US


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