Researchers have predicted how effective public health and medical interventions will prove in the event of an influenza pandemic.
The letter published today in Nature shows how the team from Imperial College London, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and RTI International used computer modelling to predict how a variety of interventions, including travel restrictions, school closures and antiviral treatment, would affect the spread of flu.
Professor Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London, who led the research, said: “The modelling shows there is no single magic bullet which can control a flu pandemic, but that a combination of interventions could be highly effective at reducing transmission, potentially saving many lives.”
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