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Distribution and ecology of small mammals in Albania

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In order to gain an insight into the population dynamics and habitat preferences of rodents in Albania, small mammals were collected during 2006–2009 in various districts of the country. Of the 15 species of small mammals captured (12 in Rodentia and 3 in Insectivora order), the yellow-necked mouse (Apodemus flavicollis) was the most frequently collected, representing 50% of the 325 small mammals captured, followed by the wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) (20.62%). Apodemus flavicollis is the primary reservoir for Dobrava–Belgrade virus which causes to humans hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome; the places with A. flavicollis abundance were those with records of the human disease. Knowledge of the reservoir ecology in a country facilitates risk assessments for rodent-borne diseases.
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Keywords: Albania; ecology; rodent-borne diseases; small mammals

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Control of Infectious Diseases Department, Institute of Public Health, Tirana, Albania 2: Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Tirana University, Tirana, Albania 3: Department of Microbiology, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece 4: National Veterinary Epidemiology Unit, Food Safety and Veterinary Institute, Tirana, Albania

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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