Models for the spread of universally fatal diseases

F. Brauer

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In the formulation of models of S-I-R type for the spread of communicable diseases it is necessary to distinguish between diseases with recovery with full immunity and diseases with permanent removal by death. We consider models which include nonlinear population dynamics with permanent removal. The principal result is that the stability of endemic equilibrium may depend on the population dynamics and on the distribution of infective periods; sustained oscillations are possible in some cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-462
Number of pages12
JournalJournal Of Mathematical Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • Distributed delays
  • Epidemiology
  • Stability of endemic equilibrium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics


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