The study compares parasite prevalence in two geographically separated populations of white-tailed deer in central Pennsylvania. Differences in prevalence were found for certain of the parasites studied. Characteristics of curves comparing prevalence with host-age group, however, were remarkably similar for individual parasites from both populations. Prevalence increased with host age for certain species of parasite and decreased or remained constant for others. Some of the underlying biological properties of the infections which may be responsible for the characteristics of the age specific prevalence curves are discussed.
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