Stochastic epidemic models for emerging diseases
Spencer, Simon (2008) Stochastic epidemic models for emerging diseases. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
In this thesis several problems concerning the stochastic modelling of emerging infections are considered. Mathematical modelling is often the only available method of predicting the extent of an emerging disease and assessing proposed control measures, as there may be little or no available data on previous outbreaks. Only stochastic models capture the inherent randomness in disease transmission observed in real-life outbreaks, which can strongly influence the outcome of an emerging epidemic because case numbers will initially be small compared with the population size.
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