A simple spatiotemporal rabies model for skunk and bat interaction in northeast Texas

Rebecca K. Borchering, Hao Liu, Mara C. Steinhaus, Carl Gardner, Yang Kuang

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We formulate a simple partial differential equation model in an effort to qualitatively reproduce the spread dynamics and spatial pattern of rabies in northeast Texas with overlapping reservoir species (skunks and bats). Most existing models ignore reservoir species or model them with patchy models by ordinary differential equations. In our model, we incorporate interspecies rabies infection in addition to rabid population random movement. We apply this model to the confirmed case data from northeast Texas with most parameter values obtained or computed from the literature. Results of simulations using both our skunk-only model and our skunk and bat model demonstrate that the model with overlapping reservoir species more accurately reproduces the progression of rabies spread in northeast Texas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
StatePublished - Dec 7 2012


  • Interacting reservoir species
  • Rabies model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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