Temporal Factors in Epidemics: The Role of the Incubation Period

Ron Brookmeyer

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This chapter considers the effect of the incubation period of disease on temporal patterns in disease surveillance, focusing on three diseases with widely differing incubation periods: HIV/AIDS, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and anthrax. It identifies some factors that can affect time trends in surveillance data. It describes quantitative methods of monitoring common source and continuous exposure epidemics, and presents simple mathematical models for describing the transmission of diseases that are spread from person to person.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMonitoring the Health of Populations
Subtitle of host publicationStatistical Principles and Methods for Public Health Surveillance
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864928
ISBN (Print)9780195146493
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • AIDS
  • Anthrax
  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
  • Disease surveillance
  • HIV
  • Incubation period
  • Temporal patterns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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