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Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases: pathogen control and public health management in low-income countries

Benjamin Roche, Hélène Broutin, and Frédéric Simard


During the last thirty years, the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases has been studied extensively. Understanding how pathogens are transmitted in time and space, how they are evolving according to different selective pressures, and how the environment can influence their transmission, has paved the way for new approaches to the study of host/pathogen interactions. At the same time, pathogen control in low-income countries (LIC) has tended to remain largely inspired and informed by classical epidemiology, where the objective is to treat as many people as possible, despite recent findi ... More

Keywords: Ecology, evolution, pathogens, low-income countries, middle-income countries, public health, dynamics

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Roche, editor
Researcher, French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)

Hélène Broutin, editor
Researcher, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Frédéric Simard, editor
Researcher, French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)

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Chapter 1 Infectious diseases in low-income countries: where are we now?

Benjamin Roche1,2,4, Thierry Baldet3 and Frédéric Simard1

Chapter 2 Current control strategies for infectious diseases in low-income countries

Frédéric Pagès1, Dominique Maison2 and Michael Faulde3

Afterword I The status of public health in low-income countries

Benjamin Roche, Hélène Broutin and Frédéric Simard

Chapter 5 Environmental change and pathogen transmission

Rodolphe E. Gozlan1 and Marine Combe1

Chapter 6 Antimicrobial resistance: the 70-year arms race between humans and bacteria

Anne-Laure Bañuls1,2,3, Thi Van Anh Nguyen2, Quang Huy Nguyen3,4, Thi Ngoc Anh Nguyen1,2,3, Hoang Huy Tran5 and Sylvain Godreuil1,6

Afterword II Fundamental knowledge in the evolutionary ecology of infectious diseases

Benjamin Roche, Hélène Broutin and Frédéric Simard

Chapter 10 Using pathogen interactions: challenges and opportunities

Mathieu Nacher1,2 “No biological problem is solved until both the proximate and the evolutionary causation has been elucidated.” (Ernst Mayr)

Chapter 11 Exploiting symbiotic interactions for vector/disease control

Patrick Mavingui1, Claire Valiente Moro2 and Pablo Tortosa1

Afterword III Tunable methods for public health policies

Benjamin Roche, Hélène Broutin and Frédéric Simard

Chapter 13 Malaria eradication in Italy: the story of a first success

Marco Pombi1, David Modiano1 and Gilberto Corbellini2

Chapter 14 Interactions between ecological and socio-economic drivers of Buruli ulcer burden in Sub-Saharan Africa: opportunities for an improved control

Andres Garchitorena1,2,3,*, Matthew H. Bonds2,3,4, Jean-Francois Guégan1,5 and Benjamin Roche1,6,7

Chapter 15 Ecological control of schistosomiasis in Sub-Saharan Africa: restoration of predator-prey dynamics to reduce transmission

Isabel Jones1, Andrea Lund2, Gilles Riveau3, Nicolas Jouanard3, Raphael A. Ndione3, Susanne H. Sokolow1,4 and Giulio A. De Leo1,4

Afterword IV Case studies

Benjamin Roche, Hélène Broutin and Frédéric Simard

Chapter 16 Optimizing public health strategies in low-income countries: epidemiology, ecology and evolution for the control of malaria

Eve Miguel1, Florence Fournet1, Serge Yerbanga2, Nicolas Moiroux1, Franck Yao2, Timothée Vergne1, Bernard Cazelles3,4, Roch K. Dabiré2, Frédéric Simard1 and Benjamin Roche1,3,5

Chapter 17 Human activities and disease transmission: the agriculture case

Jan Slingenbergh1, Giuliano Cecchi2 and Marjan Leneman3

Chapter 18 Ecology of poverty, disease and health care delivery: lessons for planetary health

Matthew H. Bonds1,2, Andres Garchitorena1,2,6, Paul E. Farmer1 and Megan B. Murray1,3,4,5

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