Integr Zool 2021 Jul 4. Epub 2021 Jul 4.
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA.
Plague, caused by Yersinia pestis (Lehmann & Neumann, 1896), is a flea-borne disease that is endemic in areas throughout the world due to its successful maintenance in a sylvatic cycle, mainly in areas with temperate climates. Burrowing rodents are thought to play a key role in the enzootic maintenance as well as epizootic outbreaks of plague. In the United States, prairie dogs (Cynomys, Rafinesque, 1817), rodents (Muridae, Illiger, 1811), and ground squirrels (Spermophilus, F. Read More