Data associated with Balasubramaniam, Beisner et al. (PeerJ, 2016): "Social buffering and contact transmission: Network connections have beneficial and detrimental effects on Shigella infection risk among captive rhesus macaques"

Krishna Balasubramaniam, Brianne Beisner, Jessica Vandeleest, Rob Atwill & Brenda McCowan
In human and animal societies, social connections are among the most critical factors that may influence infectious disease risk. On the one hand, being well-connected within a social network may increase an individual's risk of infection via contact-mediated transmission. On the other hand, connections also strengthen ties of social support and thereby, may socially buffer individuals against infection risk. In two groups of captive rhesus macaques, our study reveals that animals that were socially buffered,...
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