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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The principal mode of transmission and spread of the virus are Aedesaegypti and Aedesalbopictus mosquitoes with human beings serving as the main reservoir of infection.
Mr James added: "Farmers in Pembrokeshire and across the whole of Wales are playing their part in bearing down on the disease but the reservoir of infection that exists in wildlife still hasn't been confronted.
adults and adolescents may be an important reservoir of infection.
The significance of such patients includes their rarity, unusual dermal lesions, specific pathologic findings, failure to diagnose the primary disease, high bacillary load which can be a barrier for eradication of leprosy, and being potential reservoir of infection especially in societies where the disease has been eradicated.
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.
Food or water sources can serve as 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.
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.