Jul 28, 2022

Parasites may take a heavier toll on the health of mammal populations than previously thought, study suggests

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From cattle to uncontrolled wildlife, pesky but pervasive large parasites like tapeworms have a far greater impact on the total body health of their mammal hosts than previously known, new University of Alberta research suggests.

“Parasites don’t have to kill the animal to control a population,” says Kyle Shanebeck, a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Science’s Department of Biological Sciences who led the study.

Shanebeck explained that all wildlife have at least one and often multiple . The less fatal a parasite, the more prevalent it is within a population, with potentially stronger negative effects.

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