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Modeling Disease Vector Occurrence when Detection Is Imperfect: Infestation of Amazonian Palm Trees by Triatomine Bugs at Three Spatial Scales

  • Fernando Abad-Franch mail,

    fernando@amazonia.fiocruz.br

    Affiliations: Instituto Leônidas e Maria Deane – Fiocruz Amazônia, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, Pathogen Molecular Biology Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Gonçalo Ferraz,

    Affiliations: Instituto Leônidas e Maria Deane – Fiocruz Amazônia, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute/Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

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  • Ciro Campos,

    Affiliation: Instituto Leônidas e Maria Deane – Fiocruz Amazônia, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

    Current address: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Núcleo Roraima, Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil

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  • Francisco S. Palomeque,

    Affiliations: Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, Centro de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

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  • Mario J. Grijalva,

    Affiliations: Centro de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador, Tropical Disease Institute, Biomedical Sciences Department, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, Ohio, United States of America

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  • H. Marcelo Aguilar,

    Affiliations: Instituto Juan César García – Fundación Internacional de Ciencias Sociales y Salud, Quito, Ecuador, Ministerio de Salud Pública del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

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  • Michael A. Miles

    Affiliation: Pathogen Molecular Biology Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Published: March 02, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000620

About the Authors

Fernando Abad-Franch, Gonçalo Ferraz, Ciro Campos
Instituto Leônidas e Maria Deane – Fiocruz Amazônia, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Fernando Abad-Franch, Michael A. Miles
Pathogen Molecular Biology Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Gonçalo Ferraz
Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute/Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Francisco S. Palomeque
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Francisco S. Palomeque, Mario J. Grijalva
Centro de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
Mario J. Grijalva
Tropical Disease Institute, Biomedical Sciences Department, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, Ohio, United States of America
H. Marcelo Aguilar
Instituto Juan César García – Fundación Internacional de Ciencias Sociales y Salud, Quito, Ecuador
H. Marcelo Aguilar
Ministerio de Salud Pública del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

Corresponding Author

Email: fernando@amazonia.fiocruz.br

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: FAF GF CC. Wrote the paper: FAF GF. Conceived and designed research: FA-F GF MAM. Interpreted results: FA-F GF CC. Participated in data collection: FA-F CC FSP MJG HMA. Revised the manuscript: CC FSP MJG HMA MAM.