Event Detail

Event Type: 
Applied Mathematics and Computation Seminar
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 05:00
Gilkey 113

Animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian flu, are increasingly important in world economics, national security, and biodiversity. We create a spatially explicit stochastic model for multi-host animal diseases to better understand their spread in the United States using county-level data and animal transportation rates. We explore the effectiveness of mitigation strategies such as quarantine, vaccination, and culling in a case study on rinderpest, a highly virulent and often lethal virus affecting cloven-hoofed animals. I will also give a brief introduction to mathematical multi-host disease models and the assumptions associated with them.