vectorial capacity

vectorial capacity2016-12-27T23:42:19+00:00

vectorial capacity 


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 


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