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Eight challenges in modelling disease ecology in multi-host, multi-agent systems

  • Author(s): Buhnerkempe, MG
  • Roberts, MG
  • Dobson, AP
  • Heesterbeek, H
  • Hudson, PJ
  • Lloyd-Smith, JO
  • et al.

© 2014 The Authors. Many disease systems exhibit complexities not captured by current theoretical and empirical work. In particular, systems with multiple host species and multiple infectious agents (i.e., multi-host, multi-agent systems) require novel methods to extend the wealth of knowledge acquired studying primarily single-host, single-agent systems. We outline eight challenges in multi-host, multi-agent systems that could substantively increase our knowledge of the drivers and broader ecosystem effects of infectious disease dynamics.

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