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Guihua Li, Gaofeng Li, "Bifurcation Analysis of an SIR Epidemic Model with the Contact Transmission Function", Abstract and Applied Analysis, vol. 2014, Article ID 930541, 7 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/930541
Bifurcation Analysis of an SIR Epidemic Model with the Contact Transmission Function
We consider an SIR endemic model in which the contact transmission function is related to the number of infected population. By theoretical analysis, it is shown that the model exhibits the bistability and undergoes saddle-node bifurcation, the Hopf bifurcation, and the Bogdanov-Takens bifurcation. Furthermore, we find that the threshold value of disease spreading will be increased, when the half-saturation coefficient is more than zero, which means that it is an effective intervention policy adopted for disease spreading. However, when the endemic equilibria exist, we find that the disease can be controlled as long as we let the initial values lie in the certain range by intervention policy. This will provide a theoretical basis for the prevention and control of disease.
The classical SIR model for disease transmission has been widely studied. It is one of the most important issues that the dynamical behaviors are changed by the different incidence rate in epidemic system. For the incidence rate, we divided into two categories: one is that Capasso and Serio  proposed the infection force which is a saturated curve, described “crowding effect” or “protection measures;” the other is the infection force that describes the effect of “intervention policy,” for example, closing schools and restaurants and postponing conferences (see Figure 1). For the model with the saturated infection force, , which is one of the typical infection forces, the rich dynamical behaviors were founded by Ruan and Wang  and Tang et al. . The model with the incidence rate can be suited for many infectious diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, and influenza. For more research literatures about nonlinear infection rate see [4–9]. However, for some parasite-host models, by observing macro- and microparasitic infections, one finds that the infection rate is an increasing function of the parasite dose, usually sigmoidal in shape [10, 11]. So we will build a model with sigmoidal incidence rate which is taken into account “crowding effect” and “saturated effect.” According to the parasite-host model which is proposed by Anderson and May (1979) [12, 13], the model is as follows: where are susceptible hosts, infected hosts, and removed hosts, respectively. is the birth rate of susceptible host, is the natural death rate of a population, is the removal rate, and is the per capita infection-related death rate. If we denote infection force , can be explained as the rate of valid contact. At the beginning of disease, most people have poor awareness of prevention, then the rate of valid contact can be first increasing then tends to a certain value. As the time flies, people are gradually aware of the seriousness and take measures to prevent and control development of the disease and will reduce to be contact with infected, so the rate of contact is first increasing then decreasing. In short time, it does not tend to zero, but tends to a nonzero constant. To simplify the study, we take where and . If , is increasing monotonically and tends to . If , is first increasing then decreasing and tends to (see Figure 1).
Then model (1) becomes where is the valid contact coefficient.
When and , model (3) becomes where .
We know that is the basic reproduction number of (4). It is easy to see that there is a unique positive equilibrium in system (4) when and there is no positive equilibrium when . In the next sections, we will study that parameters and would have any effect on the dynamic behaviors of model (3).
The organization of this paper is as follows. In the next section, we analyze the existence and stability of the endemic equilibria for model (3). Then we discuss conditions for the Hopf bifurcation and the Bogdanov-Takens bifurcation in Sections 3. Section 4 presents numerical simulations to indicate dynamical behaviors and bifurcation structures, and gives with a brief discussion.
2. Existence and Stability of Equilibria
We consider the positive equilibria of (3). Setting the right hand sides of system (3) to zero, we find that the first and second equations of system (3) do not include , so we only consider From the above two equations, except for the disease-free equilibrium (DFE) at , any endemic equilibrium (EE), if exists, is the intersection of the following two curves in the positive quadrant
The derivative of is
In the following, we consider three cases according to the sign of . By calculation, we have the following three theorems.
Theorem 1. Suppose . Then we have the following.(a)If , then system (3) has no endemic equilibrium.(b)If , then we have the following.(i)When , system (3) has no endemic equilibrium.(ii)When , system (3) has a unique endemic equilibrium.(iii)When , system (3) has two endemic equilibria .
Theorem 2. Suppose . Then we have the following.(a)If , then system (3) has no endemic equilibrium.(b)If , then system (3) has a unique endemic equilibrium.(c)If , then system (3) has two endemic equilibria .
Theorem 3. Suppose . Then we have the following.(a)If , then system (3) has no endemic equilibrium.(b)If , then system (3) has a unique endemic equilibrium .(c)If , then system (3) has two endemic equilibria , where .
Remark 4. From Theorems 1 and 2, we can find that the basic reproduction number for the model (3) is less than that of the standard model. It means that the disease will spread more easily. For Theorem 3, it is obvious that the disease can exist if .
For disease-free equilibrium (DFE), it is easy to calculate that the Jacobian matrix of system (3) at DFE has eigenvalues and . Hence, DFE is always stable.
It is easy to calculate that is, .
Now suppose that the model has two endemic equilibria , with ; that is, in Theorem 1, the item (b) (iii) holds or Theorems 2 and 3, the item holds. If is the Jacobian matrix at , then (13) gives Thus, it is easily obtained that is negative and is positive. We can immediately conclude that the endemic equilibrium with low number of infected individuals is always a saddle, and that the endemic equilibrium with high number of infected individuals is a node or focus but the stability of is determined by . From (14), we notice that the sign of the trace of is determined by Set
Theorem 5. Assume that (3) has two endemic equilibria. Then is asymptotically stable if one of the following is satisfied.(a);(b) and .
Further, is unstable if and .
Proof. If , then . It follows from that . Hence, is asymptotically stable in this case. If , we have . By direct calculations we see that implies , which leads to . Therefore, is asymptotically stable if condition (b) holds. Similarly, if and , we have , which leads to . It follows that is unstable.
3. Bifurcation of the System
3.1. Hopf Bifurcation
When the condition (b) (ii) in Theorem 1 and the condition (b) in Theorems 2 and 3 hold and , there are a pair of purely imaginary eigenvalues (Figure 2). Thus for suitable parameter values a Hopf bifurcation may occur, which means that there is a periodic solution around the larger nontrivial equilibrium. In order to determine the type of the Hopf bifurcation, we set Then we consider the transformation to move to the origin of . After some manipulations, the model can be transformed into the following equations: where represents the higher order terms and
Suppose . Then By defining and , it can be seen that
Set Then the eigenvalues of are and .
Now, using the transformation , to (20), we obtain where
If by some tedious calculations, we see that the sign of is determined by , where
By the results in , the direction of the Hopf bifurcation is determined by the sign of . Therefore, we have the following result.
Theorem 6. Suppose one condition of (c) in Theorem (6) holds and . If , then a curve of periodic solutions bifurcates from the endemic equilibrium such that(i)for , system (3) undergoes a supercritical Hopf bifurcation;(ii)for , system (3) undergoes a subcritical Hopf bifurcation.
Remark 7. Theorems 5 and 6 imply the occurrence of the Allee effect because endemic equilibrium and the disease-free equilibrium can be stable at the same time, or a stable limit cycle and the disease-free equilibrium can be stable at the same time.
3.2. Bogdanov-Takens Bifurcations
The purpose of this subsection is to study the Bogdanov-Takens bifurcation of (3) when there is a unique degenerate positive equilibrium. Assume that(H1)(1) and ;(2) and ;(3) and .
Then system (3) admits a unique positive equilibrium if one of (H1) is satisfied.
The Jacobian matrix of (3) at this point is
Since we are interested in codimension 2 bifurcations, we assume further(H2)
By (15), we have
Furthermore, (H2) implies that Thus, (H1) and (H2) imply that the Jacobian matrix has a zero eigenvalue with multiplicity 2. This suggests that (3) may admit a Bogdanov-Takens bifurcation. The next theorem will confirm this.
Theorem 8. Suppose that (H1) and (H2) hold. Then the equilibrium of (3) is a cusp of codimension 2; that is, it is a Bogdanov-Takens singularity.
Proof. In order to translate the interior equilibrium to the origin, we set . Expanding the right-hand side of the system (3) in a Taylor series about the origin, we obtain
where is a smooth function in at least of order three and
Set . Then (32) is transformed into where are smooth functions in at least of order three and Change the variables one more time by letting ; we have
Let . Then system (36) becomes In order to obtain the canonical normal forms, we perform the transformation of variables by Then, we obtain where are smooth functions in at least of the third order.
Note that and In addition, by (30) and (31), it is obtained that
So It follows that (3) admits that a Bogdanov-Takens bifurcation from [15, 16] or .
4. Simulations and Conclusions
In the following, we use numerical simulations, based upon the MatCont package , to reveal how parameters induce bifurcations and limit cycles in system (3). Firstly, by fixing , we plot a 2D-plot of variable versus parameter shown in Figure 3. We find a Hopf bifurcation at , a limit point (fold) bifurcation at . The Lyapunov coefficient is , which means that the periodic orbits are unstable. Furthermore, is fixed ; we observe the orbits of system (3) is how to vary with . From Figure 4, we can find that the periodic orbits will occur, but the disease will die out when , though there exist the positive equilibria for system (3). Furthermore, we take and as bifurcation parameters; from Figure 5, we can show that the system has no positive equilibrium when and lie in the left side of red curve and two endemic equilibria when they are in the right side of red curve. If parameters and are between red and green curves, we find that system will undergo Hopf bifurcation.
In the paper, we built a model with contact transmission function and obtained the dynamical behaviors. From the analysis, we find that the threshold value of disease spreading will be larger. It means that it is an effective intervention policy adopted for disease spreading. For the disease-free equilibrium is always locally stable and when a positive equilibrium exist and is stable, we can control the disease as long as we let the initial values be in the certain range by intervention policy. If the positive equilibrium is unstable, the disease will die out. This will provide a theoretical basis for the prevention and control of disease.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation of China (11201434, 11271369) and Shanxi Scholarship Council of China (2013-087).
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