Temporal Factors in Epidemics: The Role of the Incubation Period

Ron Brookmeyer

in Monitoring the Health of Populations

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780195146493
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864928 | DOI:
Temporal Factors in Epidemics: The Role of the Incubation Period

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This chapter considers the effect of the incubation period of disease on temporal patterns in disease surveillance, focusing on three diseases with widely differing incubation periods: HIV/AIDS, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and anthrax. It identifies some factors that can affect time trends in surveillance data. It describes quantitative methods of monitoring common source and continuous exposure epidemics, and presents simple mathematical models for describing the transmission of diseases that are spread from person to person.

Keywords: incubation period; temporal patterns; disease surveillance; HIV; AIDS; bovine spongiform encephalopathy; anthrax

Chapter.  7128 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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