Two rodent-borne diseases are investigated in priority: Leptospirosis and scrub typhus
Leptospirosis and scrub typhus are two re-emerging diseases, with potential links with global changes (including climate changes) and for which rodents are primary reservoirs; although leptospirosis is more linked to water management and human-water contacts, whereas scrub typhus seems to be linked to forests and non-irrigated habitats.
The objectives of Task 5 are
1: to analyze the patterns of rodent infection at large scale, among sites, and at local scale, among habitats, in relation to environmental changes
2: to analyze the patterns of molecular variability for two important pathogens, Leptospira and Orientia, agents of major epidemics in human populations