reservoir of infection

res·er·voir of in·fec·tion

living or nonliving material in or on which an infectious agent multiplies and/or develops and is dependent for its survival in nature.

reservoir of infection

a continuous source of infectious disease. People, animals, and plants may be reservoirs of infection.

res·er·voir of in·fec·tion

(rez'ĕr-vwahr in-fek'shŭn)
Living or nonliving material in or on which an infectious agent multiplies and develops and is dependent on for its survival in nature.
See also: fomes

reservoir of infection

living or non-living material on which an infectious agent develops/multiplies and is dependent for its survival; i.e. source of infection outside the host
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Our vaccination project has been designed to tackle the reservoir of infection in badgers and is aimed at developing a degree of immunity to TB within the badger population.
For any infection, unvaccinated people pose a threat because they act as a reservoir of infection.
The science behind badger culling is hotly debated and I could fill the entire newspaper and not cover all the arguments but it does seem clear that badgers do carry Bovine TB and it seems likely that badgers could be a source of spread of the disease and a reservoir of infection.
It has highest attack rate in 5-14 year olds and children serve as reservoir of infection," he added.
Ashton said: "The danger is that you have a population that can potentially become a reservoir of infection.
Although there is circumstantial evidence that dairy cows are providing a reservoir of infection, it is still not known for certain if cows are infecting people, or people are infecting cows.
This suggests that either the disease is capable of being transmitted from mother to pup or that there is now a reservoir of infection in Portugal.
In the meantime cattle suffer with the symptoms of the disease, and wildlife is under threat because badgers and other animals catch TB and can act as a reservoir of infection.
This is not proving as easy as it seemed at first as there is a reservoir of infection in wild animals such as deer.
The task force acknowledged that asymptomatic, untreated infections in males are a reservoir of infection that may make it difficult to reduce infections in women through screening programs that target only women.
Similarly, an environmental reservoir of infection has not been found (4).
Bacteria from this reservoir of infection in the mouth readily enter the blood through the inflamed gingivae and may spread to other organs, commonly the heart and kidneys.