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Transmission dynamics of infectious diseases – the inclusion of evolutionary concepts with our thinking on transmission and control

Abstract number: S287

Anderson R.

Conventional approaches to the study of the transmission dynamics and control of infectious diseases rest on the principles of population ecology and to a degree on traditional statistical methods. With the rise and rise of ever cheaper tools to examine the structure, and changes their in over time and space, of both pathogen and host genomes, the need arises to modify population and transmission dynamic frameworks to encompass natural selection acting on both host and pathogen, and more generally the concepts of evolutionary change. The talk will discuss recent work to examine evolutionary concepts based on (a) stimulated phylogenetic trees for pathogens within a transmission framework and (b) the evolution of drug resistance in pathogen populations including both viruses and bacteria, and the parasitic tropical diseases.

Session Details

Date: 19/04/2008
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: 18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
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Location: Barcelona, Spain
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