Researchers study dynamics of workers at poultry farms and markets to track bird flu


Anthropology Associate Professor James Holland Jones and Anthropology Postdoctoral Scholar Ashley Hazel are part of a team of Stanford researchers studying how the virus is transmitted between people. To do so, they are focusing on human social networks — specifically, the dynamics among people who spend time on farms and in poultry markets — using methods pioneered by Professor Jones. Most models of contagion assume people in a group, like a town or a live-bird market, mix equally, but that's not usually the case. Most people only interact with a small group that they know. Some people, however, serve as bridges connecting otherwise separate subgroups. As discussed in an article published by Stanford School of Medicine, these bridges may be the best targets for medical interventions like vaccinations or antiviral treatment. Read Article.