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posted 20. April 2006 12:46
Source: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Avian flu modeled on supercomputer, explores vaccine and isolation options for thwarting a pandemic
Contact: Nancy Ambrosiano, email@example.com, (505) 667-0471 (04-220)
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 3, 2006 -- Using supercomputers to respond to a potential national health emergency, scientists have developed a simulation model that makes stark predictions about the possible future course of an avian influenza pandemic, given today’s environment of world-wide connectivity. The research, by a team of scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, is presented in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science online the week of April 3-7, and in the print issue of April 11.
The large-scale, stochastic simulation model examines the nationwide spread of a pandemic influenza virus strain, such as an evolved avian H5N1 virus, should it become transmissible human-to-human. The simulation rolls out a city- and census-tract-level picture of the spread of infection through a synthetic population of 281 million people over the course of 180 days, and examines the impact of interventions, from antiviral therapy to school closures and travel restrictions, as the vaccine industry struggles to catch up with the evolving virus.
Read the full news release at Los Alamos National Laboratory
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