There are important gaps in our understanding of the global burden and spatial transmission dynamics of influenza. Based on retrospective analysis of a variety of epidemic and pandemic seasons in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Dr. Viboud will discuss how disease burden may vary with geography due to differences in seasonality, underlying socio-economic conditions, and co-circulation of other respiratory and non-respiratory pathogens. She will present recent modeling work on the spatial transmission of epidemic and pandemic viruses and the association with demographic factors and human mobility. If time permits, she will highlight key findings of a recent infectious disease forecasting challenge led by Fogarty/NIH in the context of the Ebola response, which has just concluded.
Transmission Dynamics and Disease Burden of Influenza.
Cecile Viboud, PhD
Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies
Fogarty International Center, NIH