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Modeling and Simulation for Zika

At the core of IEM's success is the proven ability to quantitatively assess critical protection issues and options—and then translate these findings into strategies that can help reduce risk the most. Modeling and simulation tools offer quick, cost-effective, and objective techniques for assessing whether response plans or policies in place can meet established objectives and/or desired goals.


Many clients call upon IEM to develop new models or evaluate and improve existing ones. We can fine-tune our modeling to incorporate specific elements that reflect industry standards or best practices and the most current scientific data. We also build customized models to directly meet clients’ needs.

IEM Capabilities

Epidemiological Modeling

IEM’s epidemiological models help health officials understand the complex dynamics of infectious disease spread so that critical discussions about potential control measures and underlying assumptions can begin. Because Zika is predominantly spread by mosquitos, our models include factors that impact mosquito growth as well as mosquito control measures.

Transportation Modeling

IEM has nearly 30 years of experience in transportation analysis and is well versed in the U.S. and worldwide travel databases to understand population movement via land, air, and sea. As Zika virus continues to spread north in the Americas, understanding the travel patterns and population movement is a critical factor in estimating the risk and transmission patterns of Zika.

GIS / Geospatial Technologies

To help deliver a common operating guide to planners, operators, and decision makers in emergency management, homeland security, and defense, IEM provides a broad spectrum of GIS services. This includes custom mapping, data development and automation, data integration, data quality assurance and quality control, GPS field data analysis, and custom software development using open source technology. Explore interactive Zika maps to visualize level of risk and understand the relationships between factors that influence Zika transmission, such as the range of certain mosquito populations, travel patterns, and climate conditions.

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Click map to see interactive Zika Risk Maps

Medical Consequence Modeling

IEM’s medical consequence models illustrate how public health preparedness capabilities can be deployed in controlling mosquito populations, public education programs, and potential medical countermeasures to treat or prevent Zika virus infections. These models provide a platform for public health officials to explore various strategies to minimize a Zika outbreak in the U.S.

Additional Resources

IEM Zika Perspective

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CBS’s 60 Minutes Features
the Fight Against Zika

On CBS’s 60 Minutes the country’s top scientists talk about the fight against Zika and the U.S. government’s efforts to control it.  IEM scientist, Dr. Jenn Kruk, comments on the lack of attention and general dismissal the virus gets from the majority of people who aren’t directly impacted. Read more.


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Dr. Rashid Chotani answers the question "Why is Zika spreading so rapidly, and why now?" in blog post in the Zika series, "Is Zika Here to Stay?" Read now.


 Additional Zika Perspectives

Zika Classified as an STD: What You Need to Know (November 2, 2016)

Hurricane Matthew’s Potential Impact on the Spread of Zika (October 19, 2016)

Zika: Protecting Yourself Protects Those Around You (October 7, 2016)

All Mosquitos Are Not The Same When It Comes To Zika (Sept 23, 2016)

Zika and the Brain: A Public Health Game Changer (Sept 16, 2016)

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IEM is providing this website for informational purposes only.  Information regarding Zika is evolving rapidly.  Accordingly, you should not use this website as a substitute for professional advice provided by a qualified healthcare provider. IEM encourages you to consult with a physician if you have specific questions about the Zika virus or its potential effect on you.