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Lessons from livestock - some things animal movements can tell us about social networks in epidemiology

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In the wake of the epidemics of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and foot-and-mouth disease in Great Britain, the movements of British livestock are now exceptionally well-recorded, with the geographic locations and movements of all large British livestock, updated on a daily basis. While imperfect, these data represent possibly the most complete description of an epidemiologically relevant social network available anywhere in the world. In this talk, I shall discuss some of the properties of this network, especially as they relate to the relationship between the timescales for the transmission of infectious diseases and the dynamics of the network itself. I shall also show how analyzing these extensive datasets has presented challenges leading to broader inferences relevant to more generic social network problems.

This talk is part of the MRC Biostatistics Unit Seminars series.

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