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Erin E. Rees, Bruce A. Pond, Rowland R. Tinline and Denise Bélanger Modelling the effect of landscape heterogeneity on the efficacy of vaccination for wildlife infectious disease control Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 23 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12101

Using a spatially explicit stochastic simulation model, we demonstrated that landscape spatial heterogeneity and vaccination control will interact to influence the success of controlling infectious disease outbreaks. Further, under some landscape conditions, insufficient vaccination is counter-productive because immunized individuals (i) reduce the number of disease transmitting contacts, preventing the disease from growing rapidly thus depleting the susceptible population; and (ii) survive to replenish the stock of susceptible animals through reproduction, facilitating disease persistence.

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