Perspective: Human contact patterns and the spread of airborne infectious diseases

Jacco Wallinga*, William Edmunds, Mirjam Kretzschmar

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Networks of social contacts channel the transmission of airborne infections. Emerging insights from fields of science as diverse as mathematics, population biology and the social sciences are beginning to reveal how the contact pattern of the hosts determines the spread and evolution of airborne infectious agents. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-377
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1999

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Lisa Sattenspiel for useful comments. The idea for this review came from the workshop ‘Modelling of Contact Structure and the Spread of Infectious Diseases’, supported by the NWO via the Dutch Priority Programme ‘Non-Linear Systems in Population Dynamics’. The workshop took place in Bilthoven, The Netherlands, 24–25 September 1998.


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