Transhumance 2007-2008, Far North Region, Cameroon

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Moritz M. 2018. Transhumance 2007-2008, Far North Region, Cameroon. Movebank Data Repository.
Animal and human movements can impact the transmission of infectious diseases. Modeling such impacts presents a significant challenge to disease transmission models because these models often assume a fully mixing population where individuals have an equal chance to contact each other. Whereas movements result in populations that can be best represented as a dynamic networks whose structure changes over time as individual movements result in changing distances between individuals within a population. We model the impact of the movements of mobile pastoralists on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) transmission in a transhumance system in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The pastoralists in our study area move their livestock between rainy and dry season pastures. We first analyzed transhumance data to derive mobility rules that can be used to simulate the movements of the agents in our model. We developed an agent-based model coupled with a susceptible–infected–recovered (SIR) model. Each agent represents a camp of mobile pastoralists with multiple herds and households. The simulation results demonstrated that the herd mobility significantly influenced the dynamics of FMD. When the grazing area is not explicitly considered (by setting the buffer size to 100 km), all the model simulations suggested the same curves as the results using a fully mixing population. Simulations that used grazing areas observed in the field (≤5 km radius) resulted in multiple epidemic peaks in a year, which is similar to the empirical evidence that we obtained by surveying herders from our study area over the last four years.
cattle,common-pool resources,GPS tracking,Homo sapiens,infectious disease,livestock,pastoralism,transhumance
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  title = {Transhumance 2007-2008, Far North Region, Cameroon},
  author = {Moritz, M},
  year = {2018},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.61896g63/1},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.61896g63/1
T1  - Transhumance 2007-2008, Far North Region, Cameroon
AU  - Moritz, Mark
Y1  - 2018/01/17
KW  - cattle
KW  - common-pool resources
KW  - GPS tracking
KW  - Homo sapiens
KW  - infectious disease
KW  - livestock
KW  - pastoralism
KW  - transhumance
KW  - Homo sapiens
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.61896g63/1
ER  -