Caroline Dubé

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Livestock movements are important in spreading infectious diseases and many countries have developed regulations that require farmers to report livestock movements to authorities. This has led to the availability of large amounts of data for analysis and inclusion in computer simulation models developed to support policy formulation. Social network analysis(More)
Adult milking cow movements occurring in monthly periods in 2004-2006 were analysed to compare three network analysis measures to determine the lower and upper bounds of potential maximal epidemic size in an unrestrained epidemic: the out-degree, the infection chain or output domain of a farm, and the size of the strong and weak components. The directed(More)
The North American Animal Disease Spread Model is a stochastic, spatial, state-transition simulation model for the spread of highly contagious diseases of animals. It was developed with broad international support to assist policy development and decision making involving disease incursions. User-established parameters define model behavior in terms of(More)
AIMS To describe results of a relative validation exercise using the three simulation models of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in use by the quadrilateral countries (QUADS; Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United States of America; USA). METHODS A hypothetical population of farms was constructed and, following the introduction of an FMD-like disease into(More)
We used the movements of adult milking cows among farms enrolled in the Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) program in Ontario to explore the size of an epidemic that might result from farm-to-farm movements of cows in the Province if a reportable long-incubation infection like tuberculosis (TB) were introduced and not detected for 1-3 years after introduction. A(More)
The purpose of part 1 is to provide an overview of published literature (1980-2002) on chronic wasting disease (CWD) to inform Canadian readers about the disease and to explain Canadian regulatory approaches to the surveillance and control of CWD. Much of the scientific information is drawn from American publications obtained from internet searches in(More)
Modelling is a powerful tool for informing development of policies for the control of animal diseases. By permitting the study of 'what if' scenarios, this tool can be used to help identify and evaluate strategies to reduce the number of animals destroyed to eradicate diseases. To be useful, models need to be fit for purpose and appropriately verified and(More)
Researchers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States collaborated to validate their foot and mouth disease models--AusSpread, InterSpread Plus and the North American Animal Disease Spread Model--in an effort to build confidence in their use as decision-support tools. The final stage of this project involved using the three models to(More)
The insulin signaling pathway (ISP) has a key role in major physiological events like carbohydrate metabolism and growth regulation. The ISP has been well described in vertebrates and in a few invertebrate model organisms but remains largely unexplored in non-model invertebrates. This study is the first detailed genomic study of this pathway in a crustacean(More)
Social networks analysis (SNA) has recently been used in veterinary epidemiology to study livestock movements. A network is obtained by considering livestock holdings as nodes in a network and movements among holdings as links among nodes. Social networks analysis enables the study of the network as a whole, exploring all the relationships among pairs of(More)