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Transmission network reconstruction for foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks incorporating farm-level covariates

Simon Firestone, Yoko Hayama, Max Lau, Takehisa Yamamoto, Tatsuya Nishi, Richard Bradhurst, Haydar Demirhan, Mark Stevenson, Toshiyuki Tsutsui

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Published : 2019


Transmission network modelling to infer ‘who infected whom’ in infectious disease outbreaks is a highly active area of research. Outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease have been a key focus of transmission network models that integrate genomic and epidemiological data. The aim of this study was to extend Lau’s systematic Bayesian inference framework to incorporate additional parameters representing predominant species and numbers of animals held on a farm. Lau’s Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm was reformulated, verified and pseudo-validated on simulated outbreaks populated with demographic data Japan and Australia. The modified model was then implemented on genomic and epidemiologic..

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