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Georgia Southern Examines Cholera Transmission Dynamic Models

Dr. Isaac Fung (formerly of the CDC) an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, examines cholera transmission dynamic models for public health practitioners. Great progress has been made in mathematical models of cholera transmission dynamics in recent years. However, little impact, if any, has been made by models upon public health decision-making and day-to-day routine of epidemiologists. This paper provides a brief introduction to the basics of ordinary differential equation models of cholera transmission dynamics. We discuss a basic model adapted from Codeço (2001), and how it can be modified to incorporate different hypotheses, including the importance of asymptomatic or unapparent infections, and hyperinfectious V. cholera and human-to-human transmission.