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Disease Modeling; Avian Flu; Poultry; SIR Model


The work in this article addresses a problem posed by Dr. Maria Salvato to the CODEE community. The task was to model costs associated with varying vaccination strategies for the Avian Flu virus (H5N1) on chicken populations. The vaccination strategies proposed included vaccination varying proportions of the flock with live virus vaccine, dead virus vaccine, and no vaccination. This article encompasses the construction of a model for the problem using a modification to the SIER model and the subsequent analysis of that model. The analysis of the model revealed the most cost effective vaccination strategy to be vaccination of half the flock with dead virus vaccine.



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