Field epidemiology versus theoretical epidemiology … Measurement versus prediction … The veterinary profession versus mathematical modellers … A culture clash or a communication problem?
The opening debate of this year's avtrw conference, held in Scarborough in the week before Easter, highlighted some of the contentious issues that have arisen around the use of mathematical modelling for the purposes of disease control, particularly since the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic in 2001. However, the value of modelling to veterinary science was also emphasised, and the profession warned not to dismiss models out of hand.
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