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How should pathogen transmission be modelled?


McCallum, HI and Barlow, N and Hone, J, How should pathogen transmission be modelled?, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 16, (6) pp. 295-300. ISSN 0169-5347 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0169-5347(01)02144-9


Host-pathogen models are essential for designing strategies for managing disease threats to humans, wild animals and domestic animals. The behaviour of these models is greatly affected by the way in which transmission between infected and susceptible hosts is modelled. Since host-pathogen models were first developed at the beginning of the 20th century, the 'mass action' assumption has almost always been used for transmission. Recently, however, it has been suggested that mass action has often been modelled wrongly. Alternative models of transmission are beginning to appear, as are empirical tests of transmission dynamics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:McCallum, HI (Professor Hamish McCallum)
ID Code:48099
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:794
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2007-10-30
Last Modified:2007-10-30

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