Supplementary material from "Comparing transmission potential networks based on social network surveys, close contacts and environmental overlap in rural Madagascar"

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Social and spatial network analysis is an important approach for investigating infectious disease transmission, especially for pathogens transmitted directly between individuals or via environmental reservoirs. Given the diversity of ways to construct networks, however, it remains unclear how well networks constructed from different data types effectively capture transmission potential. We used empirical networks from a population in rural Madagascar to compare social network survey and spatial data-based networks of the same individuals. Close contact and environmental pathogen transmission pathways were modelled with the spatial data. We found that naming social partners during the surveys predicted higher close-contact rates and the proportion of environmental overlap on the spatial data-based networks. The spatial networks captured many strong and weak connections that were missed using social network surveys alone. Across networks, we found weak correlations among centrality measures (a proxy for superspreading potential). We conclude that social network surveys provide important scaffolding for understanding disease transmission pathways but miss contact–specific heterogeneities revealed by spatial data. Our analyses also highlight that the superspreading potential of individuals may vary across transmission modes. We provide detailed methods to construct networks for close-contact transmission pathogens when not all individuals simultaneously wear GPS trackers.

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Kauffman, Kayla; Werner, Courtney S.; Titcomb, Georgia; Pender, Michelle; Yves, Rabezara Jean; Herrera, James P.; et al. (2022): Supplementary material from "Comparing transmission potential networks based on social network surveys, close contacts and environmental overlap in rural Madagascar". The Royal Society. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.5774574.v2
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AUTHORS (14)

Kayla Kauffman
Courtney S. Werner
Georgia Titcomb
Michelle Pender
Rabezara Jean Yves
James P. Herrera
Julie Teresa Shapiro
Alma Solis
Soarimalala Voahangy
Pablo Tortosa
Randall Kramer
James Moody
Peter J. Mucha
Charles Nunn
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