Research report 2006 - Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

„Feel Sick? Follow the money!“ - New models for the geographical spread of diseases

Brockmann, Dirk

Nichtlineare Dynamik (Prof. Dr. Theo Geisel)
MPI für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation, Göttingen

Increasing human mobility is a key cause of the geographic spread of modern epidemics. Bacteria and viruses can be transported across great distances and transmitted to other people. In order to understand and predict the spread of disease, we need to know the statistical rules that govern human travel – in the light of an imminent flu pandemic a knowledge of great importance.

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