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Table 2 Model of force of infection with a and b as composite parameters

From: Field transmission intensity of Schistosoma japonicum measured by basic reproduction ratio from modified Barbour’s model

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(From 1.1) a = {rate of a host contacting contaminated water per unit time} × { density of cercariae} × {probability that a cercarial encounter leads to the establishment of an adult parasite}
(From 1.1) b = {rate of egg–laying} × {probability of an egg developing into a miracidium} × {probability that a miracidium penetrates a snail} × {probability that a miracidial penetration into an uninfected snail develops into patent infection}