About the Authors
NCS declares that he is the project leader of the research contract number ICA 2-CT2000-10046 granted from the European Commission INCO-COPERNICUS programme for the STEPICA project that has contributed research on the ecology of plague in Central Asia; BBA, MB, EC, and HL participated in the same project. MB declares that he is the project leader of the research contract number 063576/Z/01/Z granted from the Wellcome Trust. SRB declares that he is the technical coordinator and project leader of research contract number ICA4 2002 10056 granted from the European Commission INCO-DEV programme for the RATZOOMAN project that has contributed to research on the ecology of plague in southern Africa. HL declares that he participated in the same project and that he is holding a research grant from the Fund for Scientific Research (Flanders) to investigate the distribution of plague in Africa.