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Some challenges in modelling influenza

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While the key to controlling infectious diseases is to understand them, the dynamics of influenza proves extremely challenging to make sense of. Here we will look at a several current threads of research applying mathematics to modelling influenza. Even at the smallest scale, how an individual virus particle is formed, the mathematics gets funky quite quickly. Building to the population level, the evolution of “seasonal” influenza in humans, also proves tricky, but there has been some good progress recently which I will present. Finally, looking at the spatial spread of the 2009 pandemic in the US, we will see that there are some real enigmas to be solved. It was NOT the case that influenza spread across the US quickly, and this is a puzzle given that we live in the age of long distance air travel.

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