Why apply ecological laws to epidemiology?

@article{Morand2008WhyAE,
  title={Why apply ecological laws to epidemiology?},
  author={Serge Morand and Boris R Krasnov},
  journal={Trends in parasitology},
  year={2008},
  volume={24 7},
  pages={304-9}
}
Using ecological laws, or rules, is a useful strategy for epidemiological observations. The application of Taylor's power law to epidemiology and evolutionary ecology of parasites is exemplified here. Taylor's power law takes the form of s2=amb, where s2 is the variance in population abundance, m is the mean abundance of the population, a represents a constant parameter and b represents an index of spatial heterogeneity. Although Taylor's power law reflects the aggregation of parasite (or… CONTINUE READING

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