Is endemic stability of tick-borne disease in cattle a useful concept? Academic Article uri icon


  • Endemic stability is a widely used term in the epidemiology of ticks and tick-borne diseases. It is generally accepted to refer to a state of a host-tick-pathogen interaction in which there is a high level of challenge of calves by infected ticks, absence of clinical disease in calves despite infection, and a high level of immunity in adult cattle with consequent low incidence of clinical disease. Although endemic stability is a valid epidemiological concept, the modelling studies that underpinned subsequent studies on the epidemiology of tick-borne diseases were specific to a single host-tick-pathogen system, and values derived from these models should not be applied in other regions or host-tick-pathogen systems.


  • Jonsson, NN
  • Bock, RE
  • Jorgensen, WK
  • Morton, JM
  • Stear, MJ

publication date

  • 2012