Using Mathematical Models to Assess Responses to an Outbreak of an Emerged Viral Respiratory Disease

4. Limiting the transmission of imported infection

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Once the infection enters Australia interest turns to limiting transmission, with the aim of delaying the time until the epidemic gathers momentum and, failing that, reducing the rate of subsequent spread so as to


i. reduce the overall attack rate prior to a vaccine becoming available, and
ii. flatten the epidemic, whereby the peak burden on the health care service is lowered and disruption to other essential services reduced.

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