Joint Spatio-Temporal Modeling of Mycobacterium bovis Infections in Badgers and Cattle - Results from the Irish Four Area Project

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Title: Joint Spatio-Temporal Modeling of Mycobacterium bovis Infections in Badgers and Cattle - Results from the Irish Four Area Project
Authors: Kelly, Gabrielle E.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4460
Date: Jun-2013
Abstract: In Ireland and in the UK, bovine tuberculosis(bTB) infects cattle and wildlife badgers (Meles meleslinnaeus) and badgers contribute to the spread of the disease in cattle. Isotropic and anisotropic spatio-temporalmodels are fitted to cattle herd and badger settbTB incidence data from the Four Area Project using sequences of linear geostatistical models. An association was found between the spatial distribution of the disease in cattle and badgers in two of three areas. The limited association may be due to irregularity of sett territories,fragmentation of farms, TB-test insensitivity, temporal lags associated with transmission or non-spatial transmission. A statistical methodology is outlined whereby hypotheses related to spatial correlation structure may be tested.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: De Gruyter
Journal: Statistical Communications in Infectious Diseases
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 16
Keywords: Association between bTB infection in badgers and cattleSpatio-temporal modelingGeostatistical modelsFour Area Project
DOI: 10.1515/scid-2013-0002
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Mathematics and Statistics Research Collection

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