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Mathematical Model of Three Age-Structured Transmission Dynamics of Chikungunya Virus.

Agusto FB, Easley S, Freeman K, Thomas M - Comput Math Methods Med (2016)

Bottom Line: Some of the theoretical and epidemiological findings indicate that the stable disease-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable when the associated reproduction number is less than unity.Furthermore, the model undergoes, in the presence of disease induced mortality, the phenomenon of backward bifurcation, where the stable disease-free equilibrium of the model coexists with a stable endemic equilibrium when the associated reproduction number is less than unity.This is further emphasized by the sensitivity analysis results, which shows that the dominant parameters of the model are not altered by the inclusion of age structure.

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Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA.

ABSTRACT
We developed a new age-structured deterministic model for the transmission dynamics of chikungunya virus. The model is analyzed to gain insights into the qualitative features of its associated equilibria. Some of the theoretical and epidemiological findings indicate that the stable disease-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable when the associated reproduction number is less than unity. Furthermore, the model undergoes, in the presence of disease induced mortality, the phenomenon of backward bifurcation, where the stable disease-free equilibrium of the model coexists with a stable endemic equilibrium when the associated reproduction number is less than unity. Further analysis of the model indicates that the qualitative dynamics of the model are not altered by the inclusion of age structure. This is further emphasized by the sensitivity analysis results, which shows that the dominant parameters of the model are not altered by the inclusion of age structure. However, the numerical simulations show the flaw of the exclusion of age in the transmission dynamics of chikungunya with regard to control implementations. The exclusion of age structure fails to show the age distribution needed for an effective age based control strategy, leading to a one size fits all blanket control for the entire population.

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Simulation of age-structured chikungunya model (10) for various effectiveness levels of the universal strategy. (a) The cumulative number of juveniles' new cases. (b) The cumulative number of adults' new cases. (c) The cumulative number of seniors' new cases. Parameter values used are as given in Table 3.
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fig9: Simulation of age-structured chikungunya model (10) for various effectiveness levels of the universal strategy. (a) The cumulative number of juveniles' new cases. (b) The cumulative number of adults' new cases. (c) The cumulative number of seniors' new cases. Parameter values used are as given in Table 3.

Mentions: High effectiveness of the universal strategy: πM = 500 × 0.015/day, μM = (1/7)/day, βJ = βA = βM = 0.15/day.


Mathematical Model of Three Age-Structured Transmission Dynamics of Chikungunya Virus.

Agusto FB, Easley S, Freeman K, Thomas M - Comput Math Methods Med (2016)

Simulation of age-structured chikungunya model (10) for various effectiveness levels of the universal strategy. (a) The cumulative number of juveniles' new cases. (b) The cumulative number of adults' new cases. (c) The cumulative number of seniors' new cases. Parameter values used are as given in Table 3.
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fig9: Simulation of age-structured chikungunya model (10) for various effectiveness levels of the universal strategy. (a) The cumulative number of juveniles' new cases. (b) The cumulative number of adults' new cases. (c) The cumulative number of seniors' new cases. Parameter values used are as given in Table 3.
Mentions: High effectiveness of the universal strategy: πM = 500 × 0.015/day, μM = (1/7)/day, βJ = βA = βM = 0.15/day.

Bottom Line: Some of the theoretical and epidemiological findings indicate that the stable disease-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable when the associated reproduction number is less than unity.Furthermore, the model undergoes, in the presence of disease induced mortality, the phenomenon of backward bifurcation, where the stable disease-free equilibrium of the model coexists with a stable endemic equilibrium when the associated reproduction number is less than unity.This is further emphasized by the sensitivity analysis results, which shows that the dominant parameters of the model are not altered by the inclusion of age structure.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA.

ABSTRACT
We developed a new age-structured deterministic model for the transmission dynamics of chikungunya virus. The model is analyzed to gain insights into the qualitative features of its associated equilibria. Some of the theoretical and epidemiological findings indicate that the stable disease-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable when the associated reproduction number is less than unity. Furthermore, the model undergoes, in the presence of disease induced mortality, the phenomenon of backward bifurcation, where the stable disease-free equilibrium of the model coexists with a stable endemic equilibrium when the associated reproduction number is less than unity. Further analysis of the model indicates that the qualitative dynamics of the model are not altered by the inclusion of age structure. This is further emphasized by the sensitivity analysis results, which shows that the dominant parameters of the model are not altered by the inclusion of age structure. However, the numerical simulations show the flaw of the exclusion of age in the transmission dynamics of chikungunya with regard to control implementations. The exclusion of age structure fails to show the age distribution needed for an effective age based control strategy, leading to a one size fits all blanket control for the entire population.

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