Tools from ecology: useful for evaluating infection risk models?

Brooker, S; Hay, SI; Bundy, DA; (2002) Tools from ecology: useful for evaluating infection risk models? Trends in parasitology, 18 (2). pp. 70-74. ISSN 1471-4922 DOI:

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Despite the increasing number of models to predict infection risk for a range of diseases, the assessment of their spatial limits, predictive performance and practical application are not widely undertaken. Using the example of Schistosoma haematobium in Africa, this article illustrates how ecozonation and receiver-operator characteristic analysis can help to assess the usefulness of available models objectively.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Africa, epidemiology, Animal, Climate, Communicable Diseases, drug therapy, epidemiology, Ecology, Human, Mass Screening, Models, Biological, Predictive Value of Tests, ROC Curve, Reproducibility of Results, Risk Factors, Schistosoma haematobium, drug effects, growth & development, Schistosomiasis haematobia, drug therapy, epidemiology, prevention & control, Schistosomicides, administration & dosage, pharmacology, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 11832297
Web of Science ID: 173624600007


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