associated website and documentation describe some modifications of the
standard Reed-Frost epidemic model in application to epidemiology instruction
and application to some infectious diseases.
deterministic examples of disease spread using the Reed-Frost model, and then
utilizes modified Reed-Frost models to demonstrate the use of probability
distributions and stochastic processes to represent durations of disease states
and frequencies of contact.
The software demonstrates
the differences between the different deterministic and stochastic approaches, and lists the results of each calculation, as well as, provides a graphical
comparison and representation.
program can be used in the instruction, and demonstration of epidemiology
basics using the Reed-Frost model, and its associated strengths and
and some of the associated presentation material were first presented at the
annual Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases, (CRWAD), at their
December, 2008 meeting in Chicago.