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.|
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|
|Institution||NSW Department of Primary Industries|
|Region||Australia - national|