|Title||Rodent-borne health risks in farming systems|
|Author(s)||Krijger, Inge Milou|
|Source||Wageningen University. Promotor(en): P.W.G. Groot Koerkamp, co-promotor(en): B.G. Meerburg; S.R. Belmain. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463951890 - 197|
Livestock & Environment
|Publication type||Dissertation, internally prepared|
Rodents represent the largest order of mammals (>40%) and consist of over 2000 species. However, only a small portion (<10%) of all rodent species can be referred to as pest species. There is a knowledge gap on the biology and habitat specialisations and distribution of many rodent species in Asia and in Europe, which is essential for the species-specific management of pest rodents. The main aim of this thesis was to obtain more knowledge about rodent-borne health risks in farming systems in both Europe and Asia. The chapters of this thesis describe several studies into rodents from the Netherlands and Bangladesh in order to find an answer to the main research question of this thesis.
In this thesis, for both countries rodent presence is demonstrated, as well of the presence of zoonotic pathogens in these animals. It can be concluded that there are serious rodent-borne health risks in farming systems in both in the Netherlands and in Bangladesh. The results of this thesis may help to improve the preparedness for potential disease outbreaks. It is essential to gain a more thorough understanding of the ecology of rodent-borne pathogens in rodents and humans in order to determine the public health risks associated with commensal rodents.