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Eliminating infectious diseases – are some easier than others?
Tue, 5 Jul 2016, 17:30
Deirdre Hollingsworth, University of Warwick
Although only one infectious disease of humans has been eradicated (smallpox), there are global efforts to eliminate the suffering associated with a number of diseases around the world. These include diseases which used to be present in the more affluent parts of the world, but are now rarely seen – such as leprosy or intestinal worms - as well as those which particularly affect tropical regions, such as river blindness and sleeping sickness. Part of the motivation for these elimination campaigns is that they have been eliminated from some areas of the globe and therefore should be possible to eliminate in other areas. Mathematical models of the spread of these diseases are informing control strategies and can help us understand when and why elimination and eradication can be particularly hard. Using simple examples of the insights from mathematical models you will be shown how we evaluate control strategies and assess whether elimination may be possible
Doors open 17:00. The talk will start at 17:30 (Please note this is earlier than standard ICMS public lectures)
The talk will be followed by an informal reception to which ticket holders are invited.