# Pathogen Dose-Response Curves with the Beta Poisson and Lognormal Models

Pathogen Dose-Response Curves with the Beta Poisson and Lognormal Models

A foodborne or waterborne pathogen's dose-response curve is a plot of the probability of acute infection or death as a function of its ingested number. It has been frequently described by the beta Poisson model and less often by other models, including the cumulative form of the lognormal distribution. The purpose of this Demonstration is to show that for all practical purposes, the beta Poisson and lognormal distribution models can be used interchangeably over a large range of the ingested pathogen's numbers.