Systems approaches to animal disease surveillance and resource allocation: methodological frameworks for behavioral analysis

KM Rich, MJ Denwood, AW Stott, DJ Mellor, SWJ Reid, GJ Gunn

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Abstract

While demands for animal disease surveillance systems are growing, there has been little applied research that has examined the interactions between resource allocation, cost-effectiveness, and behavioral considerations of actors throughout the livestock supply chain in a surveillance system context. These interactions are important as feedbacks between surveillance decisions and disease evolution may be modulated by their contextual drivers, influencing the cost-effectiveness of a given surveillance system. This paper identifies a number of key behavioral aspects involved in animal health surveillance systems and reviews some novel methodologies for their analysis. A generic framework for analysis is discussed, with exemplar results provided to demonstrate the utility of such an approach in guiding better disease control and surveillance decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number82019
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - Nov 2013

Bibliographical note

1030385

Keywords

  • Disease surveillance
  • Veterinary diseases

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