Joshua Weitz, Georgia Tech

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Tuesday November 25, 2014
      2:00 pm
  • Location: Georgia Tech, Klaus Advanced Computing Building, 1116E
  • Phone: (404) 894-3700
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Summaries

Summary Sentence: Mathematical Models of the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa: Principles, Predictions, and Control

Full Summary: Mathematical Models of the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa: Principles, Predictions, and ControlThe Ebola epidemic in West Africa has spurred an international response. This response has been strongly influenced by epidemiological models that predicted a devastating rise in cases without large-scale changes in behavior and intervention. In this talk, I introduce the mathematical principles underlying predictions of the rate and scope of a disease epidemic.  I then explain how such principles have been applied to forecasting Ebola virus disease (EVD) dynamics and identifying the type and scale of necessary control. One control mechanism involves influencing behavior and social norms to limit post-death transmission, e.g., during burial ceremonies of individuals who died from EVD. Post-death transmission for EVD has been recognized for over 10 years, yet its relative importance in the current epidemic remains uncertain.  I conclude my talk with an analysis of ongoing challenges in estimating the relative importance of post-death transmission from early-stage epidemic data.  I show why such estimation is hard and yet, nonetheless, why controlling post-death transmission is likely to have a substantial effect on short- and long-term epidemic outcomes.

Mathematical Models of the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa: Principles, Predictions, and Control

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School of Biological Sciences

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
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Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
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Joshua Weitz, School of Biology Seminar
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  • Created By: Jasmine Martin
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Nov 17, 2014 - 8:01am
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:21pm