Epidemiological Concepts and Methods

  • Alfred S. Evans


The epidemiology of infectious diseases is concerned with the circumstances under which both infection and disease occur in a population and the factors that influence their frequency, spread, and distribution. This concept distinguishes between infection and disease because the factors that govern their occurrence may be different and because infection without disease is common with many viruses. Infection indicates the multiplication of an agent within the host and is determined largely by factors that govern exposure to the agent and by the susceptibility of the host. Disease represents the host response to infection when it is severe enough to evoke a recognizable pattern of clinical symptoms. The factors that influence the occurrence and the severity of this response vary with the particular viruses involved and their portal of entry, but the most important determinants for many common infections lie within the host itself. Of these, the age at the time of infection is most crucial.


Herpes Simplex Herpes Zoster Respiratory Virus Genital Herpes Acute Gastroenteritis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred S. Evans
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  1. 1.WHO Serum Reference Bank, Section of International Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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