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Carrier-Borne Epidemics in a Community Consisting of Different Groups

Niels Becker
Journal of Applied Probability
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Sep., 1973), pp. 491-501
DOI: 10.2307/3212770
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3212770
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

A model for the spread of a carrier-borne disease is considered which allows for individual variability. The solutions are used to study the effect of relaxing the assumption of `homogeneous mixing'. It is shown that the mean size of an epidemic outbreak is a minimum when the individuals are homogeneous.

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