Spread of MRSA bacterium in populations
Eva van Tegelen

Supervisor TU Delft: Kees Vuik
Supervisor Public Health of Erasmus MC: Sake de Vlas

start of the project: November 2021

The Master project has been finished in July 2022 by the completion of the Masters Thesis and a final presentation has been given.

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Summary of the master project:
MRSA is known as the hospital bacterium because it is mainly found in the health care can cause outbreaks hospitals. There is already a lot of research done on the spread of the bacterium within hospitals, but much less to the distribution within the general population. In this project individual-based modeling (IBM) will be used to disseminate, implement and study the bacterium within a simulated population. Think of a population in which several households, schools and hospitals are located. There are several variants of the MRSA bacteria (think of degree of infectiousness and antibiotic resistance) and in different countries, other variants seem to be successful. By the distribution of these variants, each with different properties simulating with the help of a model, we hope to gain insight into which situation which MRSA bacteria is successful. Here are two links added with extra info about Individual-Based Modeling and MRSA.

This work is done in collaboration with Prof. Sake de Vlas in the department Public Health of Erasmus MC.

Contact information: Kees Vuik

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