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Visualising veterinary epidemic diseases and risks for spread

We are developing a Geographical Information System (GIS) tool for visualising the spread of veterinary epidemics, as part of the InFER project in collaboration with members of the Department of Statistics. This interactive, web-based tool is for use by policy makers during an infectious veterinary disease outbreak, to help visualise complex statistical data in order to support them in optimising their disease control strategy given limited resources, by providing visualisations of:

  • What is the probability that a farm has an undetected infection?
  • Who is likely to be infected next?
  • Who presents the greatest risk to the population if they get infected?

The resulting tool needs to be easy and intuitive to use, enabling policy makers to make decisions to help control an epidemic in progress.

Screenshot of visualisation software

Screenshot of visualizaton tool

(PDF Document) Poster presented at AHVLA workshop 'Impact of Uncertainty', Weybridge, February 2012

(PDF Document) Poster presented at workshop 'The Challenges of Visualising Biological Data', Bristol, November 2010

(Powerpoint Presentation) Powerpoint presentation for GEOVET 2013, London, August 2013, with Ashley Ford

Sparking Impact Funded Collaboration with AHVLA

We have received BBSRC Sparking Impact Funding to enable us to work closely with AHVLA, the government agency that manages veterinary epidemics, to identify the changes required to adapt our software to work with their systems and to produce a software specification and proof-of-concept software as a foundation for potential future development of the visualisation software.

Funded by BBSRC

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InFER project team:

Professor Gareth Roberts1
Professor Laura Green2
Professor Matt Keeling2
Dr Chris Jewell1
Dr Ashley Ford1
Dr Judith Brown2

1 Department of Statistics
2 School of Life Sciences