A Brief History of Plagues
Many historical documents discuss epidemics of "plague" in various human populations. What data exist that allow us to quantify the
temporal and spatial patterns of these outbreaks? What can we learn about the pathogens that were responsible for ancient epidemics? Can the inferences we make about ancient epidemics help us understand and control current or emerging diseases? I will discuss our ongoing work that aims to describe ancient epidemics using modern tools, and to deepen our understanding of these diseases using mechanistic mathematical models.
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