vectorial capacityJoe Segen2016-12-27T23:42:19+00:00
A term used in the context of an infection–e.g., malaria, transmitted by an insect or other vector, which is analogous to contact rate in directly-transmitted infections–e.g., community-acquired pneumonia.
Vectorial capacity is a function of:
• The vector’s density in relationship to its vertebrate host
• The frequency with which it takes blood meals from the host species
• The duration of latency in the vector
• The vector’s lifespan