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Acta Biotheoretica

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 189–204 | Cite as

A Brief History of R0 and a Recipe for its Calculation

  • J.A.P. Heesterbeek
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In this paper I present the genesis of R0 in demography, ecology and epidemiology, from embryo to its current adult form. I argue on why it has taken so long for the concept to mature in epidemiology when there were ample opportunities for cross-fertilisation from demography and ecology from where it reached adulthood fifty years earlier. Today, R0 is a more fully developed adult in epidemiology than in demography. In the final section I give an algorithm for its calculation in heterogeneous populations.

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  • J.A.P. Heesterbeek
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  1. 1.Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Utrecht, Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology GroupUtrechtThe Netherlands

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