Eight challenges for network epidemic models.

Pellis, L; Ball, F; Bansal, S; Eames, K; House, T; Isham, V; Trapman, P; (2014) Eight challenges for network epidemic models. Epidemics, 10. pp. 58-62. ISSN 1755-4365 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epidem.2014.07.003

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Networks offer a fertile framework for studying the spread of infection in human and animal populations. However, owing to the inherent high-dimensionality of networks themselves, modelling transmission through networks is mathematically and computationally challenging. Even the simplest network epidemic models present unanswered questions. Attempts to improve the practical usefulness of network models by including realistic features of contact networks and of host-pathogen biology (e.g. waning immunity) have made some progress, but robust analytical results remain scarce. A more general theory is needed to understand the impact of network structure on the dynamics and control of infection. Here we identify a set of challenges that provide scope for active research in the field of network epidemic models.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 25843385
Web of Science ID: 352226900014
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2145740


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