Lessons from a decade of individual-based models for infectious disease transmission: a systematic review (2006-2015)

  title={Lessons from a decade of individual-based models for infectious disease transmission: a systematic review (2006-2015)},
  author={Lander Willem and Frederik Verelst and Joke Bilcke and Niel Hens and Philippe Beutels},
  journal={BMC Infectious Diseases},
BackgroundIndividual-based models (IBMs) are useful to simulate events subject to stochasticity and/or heterogeneity, and have become well established to model the potential (re)emergence of pathogens (e.g., pandemic influenza, bioterrorism). Individual heterogeneity at the host and pathogen level is increasingly documented to influence transmission of endemic diseases and it is well understood that the final stages of elimination strategies for vaccine-preventable childhood diseases (e.g… 

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