Reservoir of Infection

∞ generated and posted on 2016.11.13 ∞

Aspect of environment from which infectious diseases either enter into a population or otherwise persist within a population.

A Reservoir of an Infection is the location of an infectious disease, that is, its place or places of origin, particularly other than the individuals who we are keeping track of who happen to have acquired the disease from the reservoir.

Especially a reservoir of infection is where infectious disease etiologies are when they are not present causing disease within, for example, a human population.

Reservoirs of infection often are animals but also can be other members of the same population experiencing asymptomatic infections.

Consider also disease reservoir.