International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences

Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 236352, 15 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/236352

## A Dengue Vaccination Model for Immigrants in a Two-Age-Class Population

^{1}Department of Mathematics, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia^{2}Department of Mathematics, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jatinangor 45363, Indonesia^{3}Department of Mathematics, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung 40132, Indonesia

Received 18 October 2011; Revised 2 January 2012; Accepted 17 February 2012

Academic Editor: A. Zayed

Copyright © 2012 Hengki Tasman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

We develop a model of dengue transmission with some vaccination programs for immigrants. We classify the host population into child and adult classes, in regards to age structure, and into susceptible, infected and recovered compartments, in regards to disease status. Since migration plays important role in disease transmission, we include immigration and emigration factors into the model which are distributed in each compartment. Meanwhile, the vector population is divided into susceptible, exposed, and infectious compartments. In the case when there is no incoming infected immigrant, we obtain the basic reproduction ratio as a threshold parameter for existence and stability of disease-free and endemic equilibria. Meanwhile, in the case when there are some incoming infected immigrants, we obtain only endemic equilibrium. This indicates that screening for the immigrants is important to ensure the effectiveness of the disease control.

#### 1. Introduction

Dengue fever is an endemic disease in many tropical countries, especially in the urban areas. This disease is caused by the dengue virus, which is transmitted to a human by the bite of infected female *Aedes aegypti* mosquitoes.

There are some epidemiological and demographical factors that contribute to the transmission of the disease. Age factor is among the important demographical factors affecting the transmission of the disease. From a theoretical point of view, age structure affects the dynamics of the disease transmission [1], and hence it should be taken into account in modeling the transmission of the disease to increase the realism of the model and to obtain a more prudent decision derived from the model. From a practical point of view, many vaccination programs are directed to a certain class of age, unexceptionally in the case of dengue in which the Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative targets children in their vaccination program (http://www.pdvi.org/). A study in [2] shows that a pediatric vaccination would be economically viable and highly cost effective, once a perfect dengue vaccine is made. A similar study shows that an optimal vaccination strategy could be given to only certain classes of age [3].

In literatures, most of the age-structured population models appear in the form of integropartial differential equations [4–6]. Some authors included age structure in epidemic models in the form of discrete compartmental differential equations, such as in [7–9]. The authors in [7] have generalized the model in [10] by separating the human population into age cohorts, and then for each cohort they construct a set of SIR equations. Disease-free and endemic equilibria are found, but there is no stability analysis for these equilibria. In [8], the authors have simplified their model to a two-age-class model. They allowed different transmission rates for the adult and the child classes and found disease-free and endemic equilibria. They also provided the condition for the local stability of the disease-free equilibrium in the general case. The stability condition for the endemic equilibrium has only been found for the special case, in which no infection occurs for the adult class.

The authors in [9] showed that a two-age-class model is a special case of a more general continuous age model for a certain choice of survival function. In their paper they discussed a two-age-class dengue transmission model by dividing the human population into child and adult classes and considered vaccination in the child class only. Many scientists believe that most dengue infections are asymptomatic. For every ten cases we see in the hospital, there should be at least 50–90 cases in the community who have only fever and no complications [11]. In this regards, the authors in [9] also showed that, in some circumstances, if there is an inadvertent vaccination to asymptomatic infectious children, which worsens their condition as the time span of being infectious increases, then paradoxically, vaccination can be counterproductive; that is, vaccination makes the basic reproduction number even bigger. This suggests that, in practice, screening to identify truly susceptibles is needed before implementing a vaccination program.

Beside age factor, another factor that plays important role in disease transmission is immigration. It is easy to understand that immigration of infectious individuals could ignite the spreading of a disease in a virgin populations. Diseases like HIV, SARS, and avian influenza are believed among the examples of diseases that might be caused by the immigrants of infectious individuals [12, 13]. Many mathematical models have been devised as the means to understand and to control those kinds of diseases [6, 14, 15]. The authors in [14] showed that if there is a constant influx of infective immigrants into a population, there will be no disease-free equilibrium.

Although the immigrants are not carrying a disease at all, still they have an impact on the transmission of a disease. The buildup of immigrants (also the locals) can be viewed as the buildup of susceptibles that are ready to be infected by any disease once available or enhance the spreading of the existing disease. In this respect, it is reasonable to enforce a policy to vaccinate incoming immigrant, following a screening, to ensure that they will not contribute to the buildup of susceptible.

There is no commercially dengue vaccine available yet. However, there are some potential dengue vaccines available. A survey in four South-Eastern Asian countries in 2002 revealed that there is a high and urgent perceived need for a dengue vaccine (http://www.pdvi.org/). To simulate vaccination program in gaining some insight on how vaccination would affect the transmission of the disease, even before the vaccine itself is available in the market, is among the interests of vaccine scientists and policy makers. In this paper we develop a two-age-class model for dengue transmission by considering immigration vaccination strategy, as an anticipative study before the vaccine exists.

The introduction of immigration into the system is plausible since dengue is regarded as an urban disease [16], where the rate of immigration cannot be neglected. Different from [9] in which it is assumed that vaccination targets individuals in the child class, here we look at a scenario where vaccination is given to a portion of newborns (both immigrant and local babies) and a portion of newly arrived mature immigrants, to protect them from being infected by the local dengue disease. In practical point of view, the vaccination strategy proposed in this paper is easier to be implemented than the one in [9].

#### 2. Model Formulation

Let us assume that the host population is classified into the child class and the adult class. Each of the classes is divided into the susceptible, infected, and recovered subclasses. We also assume that the recovered hosts have life-long immunity and there is no wanning effect of the vaccine, which means that the vaccine has a life-long permanent protection. So, the recovered hosts and the vaccinated hosts can be grouped into the recovered class.

We use variables , , and to denote the size of the susceptible, infected, and recovered of child population, respectively. Similarly, we use the subscript for the adult population.

We denote the susceptible, exposed, and infected vector populations by , , and , respectively. We consider the latent class , since the incubation period of the disease in mosquitoes is relatively large compared to the life span of the mosquitoes.

We use the diagram in Figure 1 for the dengue transmission in the population. The parameters and are the incoming immigration recruitment rates for child and adult classes, respectively, some positive fractions , , and of the incoming immigrants are susceptible, infected, and recovered or vaccinated, respectively (). In practice, it is necessary to undertake screening to identify the susceptibility status of the incoming immigrants. There is also a constant birth recruitment rate that increases the child population.

The parameters and are the fractions of susceptible incoming children (including natural birth) and susceptible incoming adults that are vaccinated; is the vaccine efficacy; , , and are the child, adult, and vector natural death rates; respectively, and are the per capita emigration rates for children and adults, respectively; , , and are the successful infection rates for children, adults, and vectors; respectively, is the transition rate from child class to adult class; is the recovery rate, and are the recruitment rate for vector and the latent period of vectors, respectively.

Using the transmission diagram in Figure 1, we formulate the following 9-dimensional model: where is the total population of host. Furthermore, we use , , and as the total populations of child, adult, and vector, respectively. These populations are governed by the following equations:

When , we have that , , and .

First, we consider that the host and vector populations have reached the limiting states; these are , , , and . Then, we scale model (2.1)–(2.9) with following transformations , , , , , , , , and . Thus, we obtain the following reduced model: where , , , , , , , , and . The values of and in the limiting state can be evaluated using and .

After the scaling, the region of biological interest of model (2.13)–(2.18) is

This region is positive invariant under the flow generated by the vector field of model (2.13)–(2.18), because the vector field on the boundary of does not point out the exterior of .

For the rest of the paper, we will analyze model (2.13)–(2.18) since this reduced model is the limiting system of model (2.1)–(2.9) and has the same asymptotic behavior as the original model [17, 18].

#### 3. Model Analysis

Solving the equilibrium conditions of model (2.13)–(2.18), we obtain the following equations: and the variable satisfies , where

The zeros of the polynomial determine the equilibrium of model (2.13)–(2.18). We analyze the zeros of the polynomial into two cases. The first case is if there is no incoming infected immigrant, so the incoming immigrants are susceptible or have permanent immunity to the dengue infection. In this case, only polynomial determines the equilibrium. The second case is if there are some incoming infected immigrants. In the second case, both polynomials and determine the equilibrium.

##### 3.1. No Incoming Infected Immigrants

In this subsection, we consider the case where there is no incoming infected immigrant or mathematically . Furthermore, the condition implies that polynomial becomes a zero polynomial.

In this case, model (2.13)–(2.18) has a disease-free equilibrium; that is, , , where and are exactly as in (3.11)-(3.12). This equilibrium is obtained by substituting into (3.5).

If the vaccination programme is not implemented () and all immigrants are susceptibles (), then we obtain and . In the limiting case where all susceptible immigrants and all births are vaccinated () and the vaccine efficacy is perfect (), we have and .

Basic reproduction ratio is the expected number of secondary cases per primary case in a “virgin” population [19]. It is an important threshold because it determines whether an initial infection in a virgin population will end up in an endemic. This threshold parameter is given by the spectral radius of the next-generation matrix. The spectral radius of our next-generation matrix is the square root of , where is exactly as in (3.13). This square root of can be interpreted as the basic reproduction ratio under vaccination programme.

Next, we explore the existence of the endemic equilibrium of model (2.13)–(2.18) when . Here, we consider the equation , where the coefficients , , and are as in (3.8)–(3.10).

It can be seen that is positive. The coefficient is positive for , and it is negative for . Moreover, for , we have that and . So, model (2.13)–(2.18) cannot exhibit backward bifurcation at .

For , we have following inequalities:

These inequalities imply for . Thus, there is no positive root of the equation for . And there is a unique positive root of the equation which is always less than one for . Figure 2 gives three qualitative graphs of with respect to the three conditions of .

It can be verified that the equilibrium whose coordinates satisfy equations (3.5) is in if and only if . We summarized these results in the following proposition.

Proposition 3.1. *Let . Model (2.13)–(2.18) always has a unique disease-free equilibrium in . For , model (2.13)–(2.18) also has a unique positive endemic equilibrium in whose components satisfy (3.5), and satisfies , where the coefficients are as in (3.8)–(3.10).*

The next proposition gives the stability of equilibrium .

Proposition 3.2. *Let . The disease-free equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable if and it is unstable if .*

*Proof. *The linearization of model (2.13)–(2.18) at point gives the Jacobian matrix:
where
Moreover, the eigenvalues of matrices and determine the local stability of .

The eigenvalues of matrix are and . The matrix is an M-matrix. The real parts of all eigenvalues of matrix are positive if and only if (see [20]). Furthermore, all eigenvalues of have negative real parts if and only if . The determinant of matrix is given by
Thus, if , then the equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable and it is unstable if .

Let the endemic equilibrium exists. Linearization of model (2.13)–(2.18) at point gives following Jacobian matrix:

where , , , , , and .

It is not easy to prove analytically that all eigenvalues of have negative real parts for . However, from our numerical simulations (case ) all of the eigenvalues have negative real parts. Figure 3 gives the projection of three orbits of three different initial conditions when on the plane. The component of the equilibrium is not . This simulation indicates that the endemic equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable when .

##### 3.2. Some Incoming Immigrants Are Infected

Here, we consider the case that there are some infected incoming immigrants; that is, or is larger than zero. In this case, we have following proposition.

Proposition 3.3. *Let or be larger than zero. Model (2.13)–(2.18) always has a unique positive endemic equilibrium in whose components satisfy (3.5) and I _{V} satisfies .*

We will give the outline of proof of Proposition 3.3.

Outline of proof. When or or both are larger than zero, the cubic polynomial in (3.7) always has two negative zeros and one positive zero which is less than one. Figure 4 gives the graph of the polynomial .

The cubic polynomial in (3.6) always has a trivial zero. Depending on , the other two zeros could be negative, zero, or positive. Figure 2 illustrates three typical graphs of the polynomial with respects to .

Figure 5 gives the graph of polynomial . The graph always has two negative zeros and one positive zero which is less than one. This positive zero is the component of endemic equilibrium .

From Proposition 3.3, there is no disease-free equilibrium and there is only endemic equilibrium if there are always some infected incoming child or adult immigrants. So, it is very important to do screening for the child and adult immigrants. The infected immigrants should be quarantined as long as they are ill. Otherwise, we will lose the disease-free condition. Here, we get a similar conclusion as in [14]. In [14], the authors did not separate the child class and the adult class in their model.

Figures 6 and 7 show the values of the equilibrium infected child population and the equilibrium infected adult population as the function of the portion of infected child and adult immigrants . In Figure 6, we use parameters which produce around . Note that the lowest point () corresponds to the components and of the disease-free equilibrium . When , the points in the surface correspond to the components and of the endemic equilibrium . However, in Figure 7, we use parameters which produce around . Here, the lowest point () corresponds to the components and of the endemic equilibrium . When , the points in the surface correspond to the components and of endemic equilibrium . Despite the difference in the resulting properties of the basic reproduction number, and since both and constitute the endemic equilibrium , the figures in fact indicate the existence of this endemic equilibrium when and are not zero.

The stability of the endemic equilibrium is not easy to be obtained analytically. Numerical simulations indicate the local stability of the equilibrium . Figure 8 gives three orbits of three different sets of parameter values. This simulation indicates that the equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable.

#### 4. Numerical Simulation

In the following numerical simulations, we use data in Table 1.

In Figure 9, we simulate four different scenarios, relative to no vaccination scenario and low screening level, that is, . The situation is described as follow, first if we raise the level of screening twice, that is, reduction of and from 20% to 10%, the infection will decrease from 100% to 85.7% for and 94% for . If we gain the screening process up to four times, we have the infection decreasing from 100% to 82.1% for and 91.5% for . Hence, increasing the level of screening will decrease the endemicity. But if we vaccine 40% of children and adult (), the decreasing level of infection is 71.4% for and 66.3% for , and if we raise the coverage of vaccination to 80% (), we can reduce the infection up to 42.9% for and 32.5% for . So, increasing the coverage of vaccination will also decrease the endemicity. The summary of the scenarios can be seen in Table 2.

#### 5. Conclusion

In this paper we derive a mathematical model of dengue transmission with vaccination program. The model incorporates two-age classes and migration. We also consider a susceptibility distribution in the incoming migrants.

From the analysis of the model, we obtain a conclusion that the susceptibility distribution is an important factor for the existence of disease-free equilibrium. If there is no incoming infected immigrant, then we have a unique disease-free equilibrium and a unique endemic equilibrium which depend on the basic reproduction ratio. Moreover, the stability of the equilibria also depends on the basic reproduction ratio. However, if some of the incoming immigrants are infected, then we only have a unique endemic equilibrium. Hence, screening for the incoming immigrants must be done. The incoming infected immigrants should be quarantined until they are recovered. Otherwise, we will lose the disease-free state from the population.

From the sensitivity analysis of the level of screening and the coverage of vaccination, increasing one of these parameters will give the reduction of endemic level. Increasing both parameters will give larger reduction of endemic level. The resulting simulation could give prior information for policy maker in setting the scale of vaccination and understanding the effect of vaccination in the reduction of endemic level.

#### Acknowledgment

Part of the research is funded by Hibah Pasca Sarjana of the Directorate for Higher Education.

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