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December 30, 2002

Smallpox Computer Simulation

Researchers from the Brookings Institution-Johns Hopkins Center on Social and Economic Dynamics and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a computer model that illustrates the effects of a smallpox outbreak following a bioterrorism attack in a hypothetical American county. Based on the computer simulation, the Brookings/Johns Hopkins team has developed an alternative strategy for vaccinating against smallpox to the plan recently announced by President Bush.

Joshua M. Epstein, PhD, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Donald S. Burke, MD, professor of International Health and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, unveiled their project at a briefing held on December 23, 2002.

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