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The Distribution of Infectious Diseases and Extrinsic Mortality Across Countries

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  • MATTEO CERVELLATI
  • UWE SUNDE
  • SIMONA VALMORI

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Analysis of the spatial distribution and geographical determinants of human infectious agents across countries suggests that the total number of multi-host vector-transmitted diseases provides a useful measure of the mortality environment. Pathogens of this type are difficult to eradicate because they multiply in both humans and non-human hosts and are bound to specific climatological conditions. The count index of multi-host vector-transmitted diseases that are endemic in a country is a good proxy of life expectancy and of the likelihood of epidemics. This count is useful for cross-country empirical comparisons because it is not driven by demographic and economic conditions.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Mathematical Population Studies.

Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 73-93

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