Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine

Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine / 2007 / Article

Original Article | Open Access

Volume 8 |Article ID 612372 | https://doi.org/10.1080/17486700701425870

Rongsong Liu, Jianhong Wu, Huaiping Zhu, "Media/Psychological Impact on Multiple Outbreaks of Emerging Infectious Diseases", Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, vol. 8, Article ID 612372, 12 pages, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1080/17486700701425870

Media/Psychological Impact on Multiple Outbreaks of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Received20 May 2004
Revised02 Nov 2006
Accepted01 May 2007

Abstract

We use a compartmental model to illustrate a possible mechanism for multiple outbreaks or even sustained periodic oscillations of emerging infectious diseases due to the psychological impact of the reported numbers of infectious and hospitalized individuals. This impact leads to the change of avoidance and contact patterns at both individual and community levels, and incorporating this impact using a simple nonlinear incidence function into the model shows qualitative differences of the transmission dynamics.

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