Eight challenges in modelling disease ecology in multi-host, multi-agent systems.
- Author(s): Buhnerkempe, Michael G;
- Roberts, Mick G;
- Dobson, Andrew P;
- Heesterbeek, Hans;
- Hudson, Peter J;
- Lloyd-Smith, James O
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1755436514000693
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.