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Table 1 The basic reproduction number and mean generation time of three different diseases

From: Theoretical perspectives on the infectiousness of Ebola virus disease

Disease Basic reproduction number Mean generation time (days)a Reference
Measles 15.0 (12–18) 12.0 [19]
Influenza (H1N1-2009) 1.4 (1.2-3.1) 2.8 [20]
Ebola virus disease 1.7 (1.5-2.0) 15.0 b [1]
  1. aIt should be noted that the mean generation time is shorter than the mean serial interval if there are asymptomatic transmissions [21].
  2. bThe mean incubation period of EVD is estimated to be 12 days [22] and 10 days [1], both shorter than the mean generation time.