Wildlife, livestock and foot-and-mouth disease: Models for feral goats and sheep

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a disease of ungulates that causes severe economic hardship to countries where outbreaks occur. Sheep and goats have been implicated in the spread and maintenance of FMD in many countries where FMD is endemic. In Australia, feral goats are widespread, locally abundant and often coincident with merino sheep, the most numerous domestic livestock.

In the absence of FMD, epidemiological models are an aid to contingency plans for controlling the disease. In this study, the population dynamics, biological and behavioural parameters of feral goats and merino sheep were used to build two-species temporal and spatial compartmental models (susceptible- latent- infected- recovered, SLIR) of FMD virus (FMDV) transmission in an environment with high densities of both hosts.

Author Fleming, P., McLeod, S. and Tracey, J.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution NSW Department of Primary Industries
Pages 244-244
Region Australia - national
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