The Epidemic Initiation Model

  • James C. Frauenthal
Part of the The UMAP Expository Monograph Series book series (UMAP)


The epidemic begins with the arrival in a disease-free area of an individual infected with smallpox, but not yet manifesting any symptoms. The infective arrives unnoticed and unknowingly transmits the disease to others; hence initially the epidemic grows out of control. Before too long, however, one or another of the infected individuals shows symptoms and is diagnosed as a carrier of smallpox. Once the disease is discovered, the initial phase of the epidemic is over.


Random Walk Susceptible Individual Total Population Size Simple Random Walk Social Custom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Frauenthal
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  1. 1.Applied Mathematics and StatisticsState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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