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Mathematic models describing the transmission of communicable diseases have been used to understand disease control for nearly 100 years, at least since Hamer and Ross invented the "mass action principle" (an infection's rate of spread is proportional to rate of contact between infected and susceptible individuals) early in this century to consider the behavior of measles and malaria. Recent epidemics of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases and the unexpected persistence of such diseases as measles and malaria have, however, clarified our need for a better understanding of the spread of infectious agents in communities in
Infectious Diseases of Humans: Dynamics and Control. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:174–175. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-2-174_4
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