Epidemiological models with prevalence dependent endogenous self-protection measure

Semu Mitiku Kassa, Aziz Ouhinou

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A simple mathematical model for human disease epidemics that takes the human learning behaviour and self-protective measures into account is proposed and investigated. We have analysed the effect of endogenous self-protective measures with respect to the prevalence level of the disease and conversely. In the model it is assumed that people start reacting against contracting a disease with self-protective measures whenever they are informed about the disease and when the burden of the disease is in a recognizable stage. It is shown that increasing the average effectiveness of self-protective measures is more important in decreasing the prevalence of a disease than increasing the proportion of individuals in a population into which awareness is created.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalMathematical Biosciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Medicine(all)


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