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Modelling the transmission of airborne infections in enclosed spaces

Noakes, C.J., Beggs, C.B., Sleigh, P.A. and Kerr, K.G. (2006) Modelling the transmission of airborne infections in enclosed spaces. Epidemiology and Infection, 134 (05). pp. 1082-1091. ISSN 0950-2688

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Abstract

The Wells–Riley equation for modelling airborne infection in indoor environments is incorporated into an SEIR epidemic model with a short incubation period to simulate the transmission dynamics of airborne infectious diseases in ventilated rooms. The model enables the effect of environmental factors such as the ventilation rate and the room occupancy to be examined, and allows the long-term impact of infection control measures to be assessed. A theoretical parametric study is carried out to demonstrate how changes to both the physical environment and infection control procedures may potentially limit the spread of short-incubation-period airborne infections in indoor environments such as hospitals.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2006 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds) > Inst for Pathogen Control Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ms Caroline Wilson
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2009 17:00
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 09:19
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0950268806005875
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0950268806005875
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7798

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