We investigate environmental factors that influence how infectious diseases spreads in wildlife populations. We use the seal plague as one study case. The graph above shows that depending on how many patches are infected at the starting point a disease can either go extinct or reach a permanent, endemic, state (the spiral to the right).
PI’s Karin Harding and Bernt Wennberg
CTBio Postdocs Anders Eriksson, David Kleinhans
PhD student Johan Hansén
Harbour seals are occationally exposed the Phocine
Distemper Virus causing mortality rates of up to 60%.
What are the important factors?