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Evaluation of the isolation policy on the contagious disease that cannot be precared by vaccination (Ohnishi 2003)

Many contagious diseases which were widely spread recently are not preventable by vaccination. One of these examples is the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). One of the options for the vaccination against the contagious diseases is the isolation, which means to isolate the infected patient from the community. We evaluated the effect of the isolation policy against the SARS through the agent-based simulation. Our results are: 1) the hospital isolation policy, to isolate only the infected patient , is not effective enough to prevent the spread. 2) the family isolation policy, to isolate both the infected patient and his/her family members is more effective to prevent the case which can not be preventable by the hospital isolation.

Yasunori Ohnishi, Master of Engineer, 2003

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