Journal of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematical Model Mathematical Models for the Dynamics of Tuberculosis in Density-dependent Populations: The Case of Internally Displaced Peoples' Camps (IDPCs) in Uganda

A. Ssematimba, J. Y.T. Mugisha and L.S. Luboobi

DOI : 10.3844/jmssp.2005.217.224

Journal of Mathematics and Statistics

Volume 1, Issue 3

Pages 217-224

Abstract

Mathematical models are formulated to establish the conditions (restrictions) on the size of the area occupied required minimizing and thereafter eradicating tuberculosis. Both numerical and qualitative analyses of the model are done and the effect of variation in the area size and recruitment rate on the different epidemiological groups is investigated. The results of the analysis show that there exists a stable disease-free equilibrium point provided that the characteristic area is greater than the product of the probability of survival from the latent stage to the infectious stage and the number of latent infections produced by a typical infectious individual during his/her mean infectious period. The study recommends that the characteristic area per individual should be at least 0.25 square kilometres in order to minimize the tuberculosis incidence.

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© 2005 A. Ssematimba, J. Y.T. Mugisha and L.S. Luboobi. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.