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      How should pathogen transmission be modelled?

      Trends in Ecology & Evolution

      Elsevier BV

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          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.

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          Journal
          Trends in Ecology & Evolution
          Elsevier BV
          01695347
          June 1 2001
          : 16
          : 6
          : 295-300
          Article
          11369107
          © 2001

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