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Animal Infections

All animals, and livestock in particular, are subject to a number of infectious diseases. These range from common (yet economically important infections) such as footrot and mastitis, to invasive pathogens such as foot-and-mouth disease or avian influenza. Work aims to bring together farm-based fieldwork, laboratory research, statistical analysis and mathematical predictions in an holistic framework.

Current active research includes:
 

Previous research includes:


Recent Selected Publications

2015

Dawson, P.M., Werkman, M., Brooks-Pollock, E., Tildesley, M.J. (2015) Epidemic predictions in an imperfect world: Modelling disease spread with partial data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282 1 - 9

Brooks-Pollock, E., de Jong, M.C.M., Keeling, M.J., Klinkenberg, D., Wood, J.L.N. (2015) Eight challenges in modelling infectious livestock diseases. Epidemics 10 1-5

Brand, S.P.C., Tildesley, M.J., Keeling, M.J (2015) Rapid simulation of spatial epidemics: A spectral method. J. Theo. Biol. 370 121-134

Mohd Muzafar, Leo A Calvo-Bado, Laura E Green, Edward M Smith, Claire L Russell, Rose Grogono-Thomas, Elizabeth MH Wellington (2015) 'The role of the environment in transmission of Dichelobacter nodosus between ewes and their lambs', Veterinary Microbiology, online

Luci A Witcomb, Laura E Green, Leo A Calvo-Bado, Claire Russell, Edward Smith, Rose Grogono-Thomas, Elizabeth MH Wellington (2015) 'First study of pathogen load and localisation of ovine footrot using fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH)', Veterinary Microbiology, 176 (3-4), 321 - 327

2014

Smith, E.M., Green, O.D.J., Calvo-Bado, L.A., Witcomb, L.A., Grogono-Thomas, R., Russell, C.L., Brown, J.C., Medley, G.F., KilBride, A.L., Wellington, E.M.H., Green, L.E. (2014) Dynamics and impact of footrot and climate on hoof horn length in 50 ewes from one farm over a period of 10 months. Veterinary Journal 201 295 - 301

Gortazar, C., Reperant, L.A., Kuiken, T., de la Fuente, J., Boadella, M., Martínez-Lopez, B., Ruiz-Fons, F., Estrada-Peña, A., Drosten, C., Medley, G., Ostfeld, R., Peterson, T., VerCauteren, K.C., Menge, C., Artois, M., Schultsz, C., Delahay, R., Serra-Cobo, J., Poulin, R., Keck, F., Aguirre, A.A., Henttonen, H., Dobson, A.P., Kutz, S., Lubroth, J., Mysterud, A. (2014) Crossing the Interspecies Barrier: Opening the Door to Zoonotic Pathogens. PLoS Pathogens 10 art. no. e1004129

Brooks-Pollock, E., Roberts, G.O., Keeling, M.J. (2014) A dynamic model of bovine tuberculosis spread and control in Great Britain. Nature 511 228-231

Smith, E.M., Green, O.D.J., Calvo-Bado, L.A., Witcomb, L.A., Grogono-Thomas, R., Russell, C.L., Brown, J.C., Medley, G.F., KilBride, A.L., Wellington, E.M.H., Green, L.E. (2014) Dynamics and impact of footrot and climate on hoof horn length in 50 ewes from one farm over a period of 10 months. Vet. Journal 201 295 - 301.

Buhnerkempe, M.G., Tildesley, M.J., Lindström, T., Grear, D.A., Portacci, K., Miller, R.S., Lombard, J.E., Werkman, M., Keeling, M.J., Wennergren, U., Webb, C.T. (2014) The impact of movements and animal density on continental scale cattle disease outbreaks in the United States. PLoS ONE 9 e91724

Russell, C.L., Smith, E.M., Calvo-Bado, L.A., Green, L.E., Wellington, E.M.H., Medley, G.F., Moore, L.J., Grogono-Thomas, R. (2014) Multiple locus VNTR analysis highlights that geographical clustering and distribution of Dichelobacter nodosus, the causal agent of footrot in sheep, correlates with inter-country movements. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 22 273 - 279

Russell, C.L., Smith, E.M., Calvo-Bado, L.A., Green, L.E., Wellington, E.M.H., Medley, G.F., Moore, L.J., Grogono-Thomas, R. (2014) Multiple locus VNTR analysis highlights that geographical clustering and distribution of Dichelobacter nodosus, the causal agent of footrot in sheep, correlates with inter-country movements. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 22 273 - 279.