The population ecology of infectious diseases: pertussis in Thailand as a case study.

TitleThe population ecology of infectious diseases: pertussis in Thailand as a case study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBlackwood JC, Cummings DAT, Broutin H, Iamsirithaworn S, Rohani P
JournalParasitology
Volume139
Issue14
Pagination1888-98
Date Published2012 Dec
ISSN1469-8161
KeywordsEcology, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Humans, Incidence, Seasons, Thailand, Time Factors, Vaccination, Whooping Cough
Abstract

Many of the fundamental concepts in studying infectious diseases are rooted in population ecology. We describe the importance of population ecology in exploring central issues in infectious disease research including identifying the drivers and dynamics of host-pathogen interactions and pathogen persistence, and evaluating the success of public health policies. The use of ecological concepts in infectious disease research is demonstrated with simple theoretical examples in addition to an analysis of case notification data of pertussis, a childhood respiratory disease, in Thailand as a case study. We stress that further integration of these fields will have significant impacts in infectious diseases research.

DOI10.1017/S0031182012000431
Alternate JournalParasitology
PubMed ID22717183
Grant ListR01 TW008246 / TW / FIC NIH HHS / United States
U54 GM088491 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States
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