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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 196823, 7 pages
Research Article

Research on an Infectious Disease Transmission by Flocking Birds

1College of Computer, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
2LIP 6, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 75006 Paris, France

Received 24 April 2013; Accepted 10 June 2013

Academic Editors: P. Agarwal, S. Balochian, and Y. Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Mingsheng Tang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The swarm intelligence is becoming a hot topic. The flocking of birds is a natural phenomenon, which is formed and organized without central or external controls for some benefits (e.g., reduction of energy consummation). However, the flocking also has some negative effects on the human, as the infectious disease H7N9 will easily be transmited from the denser flocking birds to the human. Zombie-city model has been proposed to help analyzing and modeling the flocking birds and the artificial society. This paper focuses on the H7N9 virus transmission in the flocking birds and from the flocking birds to the human. And some interesting results have been shown: (1) only some simple rules could result in an emergence such as the flocking; (2) the minimum distance between birds could affect H7N9 virus transmission in the flocking birds and even affect the virus transmissions from the flocking birds to the human.