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Mathematical Models of the Epidemiology and Control of Foot-and-mouth Disease

Michael J. Tildesley, William J.M. Probert and Mark E.J. Woolhouse
from: Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus: Current Research and Emerging Trends (Edited by: Francisco Sobrino and Esteban Domingo). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2017) Pages: 385-408.


This review considers how epidemiological models are constructed, how they deal with real-life complexities such as spatial heterogeneity, how they can be applied to specific FMD outbreaks or epidemics, and how they can be used to explore the impact of control measures. A detailed description is provided of the application of a particular model, the 'Keeling' model, of the spread of FMD between farms in the UK during the 2001 epidemic. The review concludes with a discussion of how modelling has developed since the 2001 outbreak and is likely to develop in the future. The emphasis throughout is on 'good practice', especially how theoretical models relate to biological data and how models can sensibly be used to inform decisions about disease control strategies read more ...
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