Journal article

Social Contact Patterns in Vietnam and Implications for the Control of Infectious Diseases

Peter Horby, Quang Thai Pham, Niel Hens, Thi Thu Yen Nguyen, Quynh Mai Le, Dinh Thoang Dang, Manh Linh Nguyen, Thu Huong Nguyen, Neal Alexander, W John Edmunds, Nhu Duong Tran, Annette Fox, Tran Hien Nguyen

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2011


BACKGROUND: The spread of infectious diseases from person to person is determined by the frequency and nature of contacts between infected and susceptible members of the population. Although there is a long history of using mathematical models to understand these transmission dynamics, there are still remarkably little empirical data on contact behaviors with which to parameterize these models. Even starker is the almost complete absence of data from developing countries. We sought to address this knowledge gap by conducting a household based social contact diary in rural Vietnam. METHODS AND FINDINGS: A diary based survey of social contact patterns was conducted in a household-structured co..

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Awarded by Wellcome Trust UK

Awarded by Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT)

Awarded by IAP research network of the Belgian Government (Belgian Science Policy)

Awarded by Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust UK (grants 081613/Z/06/Z and 077078/Z/05/Z). NH gratefully acknowledges financial support from "SIMID", a strategic basic research project funded by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT), project number 060081 and by the IAP research network number P6/03 of the Belgian Government (Belgian Science Policy). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.