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TORRES-CASTRO, Marco Antonio. Synanthropic rodents, threat to health?. Rev. biomédica [online]. 2017, vol.28, n.3, pp.183-190. ISSN 2007-8447.

Synanthropic rodents are involved in the infectious cycle of numerous zoonotic diseases of global and national importance, as reservoirs, intermediate hosts, or hosts of the ectoparasites vectors that transmit the etiological agents. In Yucatan, Mexico, the most frequent species are Rattus rattus and Mus musculus, which have been identified in rural, suburban and urban environments. In recent years in Yucatan, several epidemiological studies have been carried out in which these rodents have been described as positive to various zoonotic agents of relevance in public and animal health. The aim of this review is to mention the infectious agents reported in these investigations, to demonstrate the importance of the synanthropic rodents in the dissemination and/or control of some endemic diseases in the region.

Palabras llave : Synanthropic rodents; epidemiological studies; public health; Yucatan; Mexico.

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