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The Impact of Re-Using Hypodermic Needles

  • B. Barnes
  • J. Gani
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 46)

Abstract

This paper considers an epidemic which is spread by the re-use of unsterilized hypodermic needles. The model leads to a geometric type distribution with varying success probabilities, which is applied to model the propagation of the Ebola virus.

Keywords

epidemic and its intensity Ebola virus geometric type distribution 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Barnes
    • 1
  • J. Gani
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Mathematical SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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