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Modeling the transmission dynamics of Ebola virus disease in Liberia.

Xia ZQ, Wang SF, Li SL, Huang LY, Zhang WY, Sun GQ, Gai ZT, Jin Z - Sci Rep (2015)

Bottom Line: Ebola virus disease (EVD) has erupted many times in some zones since it was first found in 1976.It is found that if combined control measures are taken, the basic reproduction number will be less than one and thus EVD in Liberia may be well contained.The obtained results may provide new guidance to prevent and control the spread of disease.

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Affiliation: Complex Systems Research Center, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030006, P. R. China.

ABSTRACT
Ebola virus disease (EVD) has erupted many times in some zones since it was first found in 1976. The 2014 EVD outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever, which has caused a large number of deaths and the most serious country is Liberia during the outbreak period. Based on the data released by World Health Organization and the actual transmission situations, we investigate the impact of different transmission routes on the EVD outbreak in Liberia and estimate the basic reproduction number R0 = 2.012 in the absence of effective control measures. Through sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, we reveal that the transmission coefficients of suspected and probable cases have stronger correlations on the basic reproduction number. Furthermore, we study the influence of control measures (isolation and safe burial measures) on EVD outbreak. It is found that if combined control measures are taken, the basic reproduction number will be less than one and thus EVD in Liberia may be well contained. The obtained results may provide new guidance to prevent and control the spread of disease.

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Flow diagram of the compartmental model of EVD transmission in Liberia.
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f6: Flow diagram of the compartmental model of EVD transmission in Liberia.

Mentions: As a result, we arrive at the following equations to model the transmission dynamics of EVD in Liberia without effective control measures (Transmission diagram can be seen from Fig. 6):where S is number of susceptible individuals; E, number of exposed individuals; IS, number of the suspected individuals in the community; IP, number of probable individuals in the community; H, number of the hospitalized cases; F, number of cases who are dead but not yet buried; R, number of individuals removed from the chain of transmission10.


Modeling the transmission dynamics of Ebola virus disease in Liberia.

Xia ZQ, Wang SF, Li SL, Huang LY, Zhang WY, Sun GQ, Gai ZT, Jin Z - Sci Rep (2015)

Flow diagram of the compartmental model of EVD transmission in Liberia.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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f6: Flow diagram of the compartmental model of EVD transmission in Liberia.
Mentions: As a result, we arrive at the following equations to model the transmission dynamics of EVD in Liberia without effective control measures (Transmission diagram can be seen from Fig. 6):where S is number of susceptible individuals; E, number of exposed individuals; IS, number of the suspected individuals in the community; IP, number of probable individuals in the community; H, number of the hospitalized cases; F, number of cases who are dead but not yet buried; R, number of individuals removed from the chain of transmission10.

Bottom Line: Ebola virus disease (EVD) has erupted many times in some zones since it was first found in 1976.It is found that if combined control measures are taken, the basic reproduction number will be less than one and thus EVD in Liberia may be well contained.The obtained results may provide new guidance to prevent and control the spread of disease.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Complex Systems Research Center, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030006, P. R. China.

ABSTRACT
Ebola virus disease (EVD) has erupted many times in some zones since it was first found in 1976. The 2014 EVD outbreak in West Africa is the largest ever, which has caused a large number of deaths and the most serious country is Liberia during the outbreak period. Based on the data released by World Health Organization and the actual transmission situations, we investigate the impact of different transmission routes on the EVD outbreak in Liberia and estimate the basic reproduction number R0 = 2.012 in the absence of effective control measures. Through sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, we reveal that the transmission coefficients of suspected and probable cases have stronger correlations on the basic reproduction number. Furthermore, we study the influence of control measures (isolation and safe burial measures) on EVD outbreak. It is found that if combined control measures are taken, the basic reproduction number will be less than one and thus EVD in Liberia may be well contained. The obtained results may provide new guidance to prevent and control the spread of disease.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus