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Adaptive Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
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Emerging diseases pose a continual threat to public health. Short multiplication time and high variability allow pathogens to evolve very rapidly. It is therefore imperative to incorporate evolutionary considerations into longer-term health management plans. The evolution of infectious disease is also an ideal test-bed for theories of evolutionary dynamics. This book combines both threads, taking stock of our current knowledge on the evolutionary ecology of infectious diseases, and setting out the goals for the management of virulent pathogens. Throughout the book, the fundamental concepts and techniques underlying the modelling are carefully explained in a unique series of integrated boxes. The book ends with an overview of novel options for virulence management in humans, farm animals, plants, wildlife populations and biological control schemes. Written for graduate students and researchers, Adaptive Dynamics of Infectious Diseases provides an integrated treatment of mathematical evolutionary modelling and disease management.


'… anyone with an interest in evolutionary dynamics will find several chapters that they wish to read (or ought to read).'

Source: TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution

‘Outstanding, intellectually stimulating, this is a meticulously researched book. It merits a prominent place on the bookshelves of researchers, teachers, and students who are concerned with the complex dynamics of infectious diseases.’

Source: Conservation Ecology

'… a starting point for further study … comprehensive references introduce a very extensive literature to facilitate this … the volume achieves its aims of being an introductory text for researchers to expand their range of knowledge and stimulate new enquiry.'

Source: Journal of Epidemiology & Infection

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