|Title||Epidemic predictions in an imperfect world : Modelling disease spread with partial data|
|Author(s)||Dawson, P.M.; Werkman, Marleen; Brooks-Pollock, Ellen; Tildesley, M.J.|
|Source||Proceedings of the Royal Society. B: Biological Sciences 282 (2015)1808. - ISSN 0962-8452 - 9 p.|
Diagnostics & Crisis Organization
Bacteriology & Epidemiology
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Epidemics - Livestock networks - Partial datav|
‘Big-data’ epidemic models are being increasingly used to influence government policy to help with control and eradication of infectious diseases. In the case of livestock, detailed movement records have been used to parametrize realistic transmission models. While livestock movement data are readily available in the UK and other countries in the EU, in many countries around theworld, such detailed data are not available. By using a comprehensive database of the UK cattle trade network, we implement various sampling strategies to determine the quantity of network data required to give accurate epidemiological predictions. It is found that by targeting nodes with the highest number of movements, accurate predictions on the size and spatial spread of epidemics can be made. This work has implications for countries such as the USA, where access to data is limited, and developing countries that may lack the resources to collect a full dataset on livestock movements.