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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.
Abstract

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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