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Epidemics. 2010 Dec;2(4):195-206. doi: 10.1016/j.epidem.2010.08.001. Epub 2010 Sep 8.

Epidemics and control strategies for diseases of farmed salmonids: a parameter study.

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Institute for Geophysics, University of Münster, Corrensstrasse 24, Münster 48149, Germany.


The susceptibility of the English and Welsh fish farming and fisheries industry to emergent diseases is assessed using a stochastic simulation model. The model dynamics operate on a network comprising directed transport and river contacts, as well as undirected local and fomite transmissions. The directed connections cause outward transmission risk to be geographically more confined than inward risk. We consider reactive, proactive, and hybrid methods of control which correspond to a mixture of policy and the ease of disease detection. An explicit investigation of the impact of laboratory capacity is made. General quantified guidelines are derived to mitigate future epidemics.

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