McKenzie JS, Morris RS, Tutty CJ, Pfeiffer DU
EpiMAN-TB, a decision support system using spatial information for the management of tuberculosis in cattle and deer in New Zealand
Proceedings of GeoComputation
EpiMAN-TB is a decision support system that is being developed as a tool to assist the development and evaluation of TB control strategies, and the management of the TB control program in New Zealand. It takes the form of an epidemiological workbench of tools to support TB control decisions made by field veterinarians and farmers. These tools include: the prediction of possum TB hot spots, classification of farms according to TB risk, evaluation of possum TB control strategies at the level of individual farms and at regional level. EpiMAN-TB comprises a database, map display tools, simulation models of the spread of TB between possums at farm and at regional levels, and decision aids based on expert systems. It utilises spatial information relating to vegetation cover, topography and farm boundaries, plus TB history and management information for individual farms.