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Models of Infection: Person to Person
January/February 2004 (vol. 6 no. 1)
pp. 68-73
Dianne P. O'Leary, University of Maryland

When faced with a spreading infection, public health workers want to predict its path and severity to make decisions about vaccination strategies, quarantine policy, and the use of public health resources. This is true whether the pathogen?s dispersion is natural (for example, the spread of influenza in 1918) or deliberate (for example, the spread of anthrax via terrorism). Effective mathematical models can help us test a public health policy?s potential outcome and arrive at an effective response. In this issue, we focus on a simplified model of the spread of an infection and develop some tools that lend insight into its behavior.

Index Terms:
infection models, Markov chains
Dianne P. O'Leary, "Models of Infection: Person to Person," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 68-73, Jan.-Feb. 2004, doi:10.1109/MCISE.2004.1255823
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