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Pyraperm Kills Fleas and Halts Plague among Utah Prairie Dogs

John L. Hoogland, Stacey Davis, Sarah Benson-Amram, Danielle Labruna, Brigitte Goossens and Margaret A. Hoogland
The Southwestern Naturalist
Vol. 49, No. 3 (Sep., 2004), pp. 376-383
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3672623
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Pyraperm Kills Fleas and Halts Plague among Utah Prairie Dogs
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Abstract

Plague is an introduced bacterial disease whose primary vectors are fleas (Siphonaptera). Utah prairie dogs (Cynomys parvidens) are highly susceptible to plague, and entire colonies usually disappear shortly after plague arrives. Infusion of burrows with Pyraperm (an insecticidedust) kills fleas and immediately halts the spread of plague within colonies. Thus, insecticide-dusts might play an important role in the conservation of prairie dogs. /// La plaga bubónica es una enfermedad bacterial introducida para quien las pulgas (Siphonaptera) son los vectores principales. Los perros de la pradera de Utah (Cynomys parvidens) son muy susceptibles a la plaga, y colonias enteras generalmente desaparecen poco después de la llegada de la plaga. La inyección en las madrigueras con Pyraperm (un polvo insecticida) mata a las pulgas y detiene inmediatamente la propagación de la plaga en las colonias. Entonces, es posible que los polvos de insecticidas puedan jugar un papel importante en la conservación de los perros de la pradera.

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