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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2012, Article ID 841531, 14 pages
Research Article

Modeling and Analysis of Epidemic Diffusion within Small-World Network

Department of Management Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Jiangsu 210094, China

Received 12 March 2012; Revised 29 April 2012; Accepted 29 April 2012

Academic Editor: Zhiwei Gao

Copyright © 2012 Ming Liu and Yihong Xiao. 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.


To depict the rule of epidemic diffusion, two different models, the Susceptible-Exposure-Infected-Recovered-Susceptible (SEIRS) model and the Susceptible-Exposure-Infected-Quarantine-Recovered-Susceptible (SEIQRS) model, are proposed and analyzed within small-world network in this paper. Firstly, the epidemic diffusion models are constructed with mean-filed theory, and condition for the occurrence of disease diffusion is explored. Then, the existence and global stability of the disease-free equilibrium and the endemic equilibrium for these two complex epidemic systems are proved by differential equations knowledge and Routh-Hurwiz theory. At last, a numerical example which includes key parameters analysis and critical topic discussion is presented to test how well the proposed two models may be applied in practice. These works may provide some guidelines for decision makers when coping with epidemic diffusion controlling problems.