Connectivity sustains disease transmission in environments with low potential for endemicity: modelling schistosomiasis with hydrologic and social connectivities

  title={Connectivity sustains disease transmission in environments with low potential for endemicity: modelling schistosomiasis with hydrologic and social connectivities},
  author={David Gurarie and Edmund Seto},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society Interface},
  pages={495 - 508}
  • D. Gurarie, E. Seto
  • Published 9 September 2008
  • Biology
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Social interaction and physical interconnections between populations can influence the spread of parasites. The role that these pathways play in sustaining the transmission of parasitic diseases is unclear, although increasingly realistic metapopulation models are being used to study how diseases persist in connected environments. We use a mathematical model of schistosomiasis transmission for a distributed set of heterogeneous villages to show that the transport of parasites via social (host… 

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