alexa On the definition and the computation of the basic reproduction ratio R0 in models for infectious diseases in heterogeneous populations.
Mathematics

Mathematics

Journal of Applied & Computational Mathematics

Author(s): Diekmann O, Heesterbeek JA, Metz JA

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Abstract The expected number of secondary cases produced by a typical infected individual during its entire period of infectiousness in a completely susceptible population is mathematically defined as the dominant eigenvalue of a positive linear operator. It is shown that in certain special cases one can easily compute or estimate this eigenvalue. Several examples involving various structuring variables like age, sexual disposition and activity are presented.
This article was published in J Math Biol and referenced in Journal of Applied & Computational Mathematics

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