Journal article

A model of population dynamics with complex household structure and mobility: implications for transmission and control of communicable diseases

Rebecca H Chisholm, Bradley Crammond, Yue Wu, Asha C Bowen, Patricia T Campbell, Steven YC Tong, Jodie McVernon, Nicholas Geard

PEERJ | PEERJ INC | Published : 2020


Households are known to be high-risk locations for the transmission of communicable diseases. Numerous modelling studies have demonstrated the important role of households in sustaining both communicable diseases outbreaks and endemic transmission, and as the focus for control efforts. However, these studies typically assume that households are associated with a single dwelling and have static membership. This assumption does not appropriately reflect households in some populations, such as those in remote Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which can be distributed across more than one physical dwelling, leading to the occupancy of individual dwellings changing rap..

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Awarded by NHMRC programme grant

Awarded by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by seed-funding from a NHMRC programme grant (1131932) and a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (APP1058804). There was no additional external funding received for this study The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.