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    Individual-based modelling and control of bovine brucellosis

    Nepomuceno, Erivelton and Barbosa, Alípio M. and Silva, Marcos X. and Perc, Matjaž (2018) Individual-based modelling and control of bovine brucellosis. Royal Society Open Science, 5 (5). pp. 1-12. ISSN 2054-5703

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    We present a theoretical approach to control bovine brucellosis. We have used individual-based modelling, which is a network-type alternative to compartmental models. Our model thus considers heterogeneous populations, and spatial aspects such as migration among herds and control actions described as pulse interventions are also easily implemented. We show that individual-based modelling reproduces the mean field behaviour of an equivalent compartmental model. Details of this process, as well as flowcharts, are provided to facilitate the reproduction of the presented results. We further investigate three numerical examples using real parameters of herds in the São Paulo state of Brazil, in scenarios which explore eradication, continuous and pulsed vaccination and meta-population effects. The obtained results are in good agreement with the expected behaviour of this disease, which ultimately showcases the effectiveness of our theory.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: bovine brucellosis; individual-based model; mathematical epidemiology;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Item ID: 16743
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    Depositing User: Erivelton Nepomuceno
    Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 16:28
    Journal or Publication Title: Royal Society Open Science
    Publisher: The Royal Society
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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