Modeling sheep pox disease from the 1994-1998 epidemic in Evros Prefecture, Greece.

Abstract

Sheep pox is a highly transmissible disease which can cause serious loss of livestock and can therefore have major economic impact. We present data from sheep pox epidemics which occurred between 1994 and 1998. The data include weekly records of infected farms as well as a number of covariates. We implement Bayesian stochastic regression models which, in addition to various explanatory variables like seasonal and environmental/meteorological factors, also contain serial correlation structure based on variants of the Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process. We take a predictive view in model selection by utilizing deviance-based measures. The results indicate that seasonality and the number of infected farms are important predictors for sheep pox incidence.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sste.2014.07.003
Divisions: Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: © 2014, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Published Date: 2014-10
Accepted Date: 2014-07-12
Authors: Malesios, Chrysovalantis (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0378-3939)
Demiris, Nikolaos
Abas, Z
Dadousis, K.
Koutroumanidis, T

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