Uniform persistence in a model for bluetongue dynamics

Stephen A. Gourley, Gergely Röst, Horst Thieme

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Uniform disease persistence is investigated for the time evolution of bluetongue, a viral disease in sheep and cattle that is spread by midges as vectors. The model is a system of several delay differential equations. As in many other infectious disease models, uniform disease persistence occurs if the basic disease reproduction number for the whole system, ℛ0, exceeds one. However, since bluetongue affects sheep much more severely than cattle, uniform disease persistence can occur in two different scenarios which are distinguished by the disease reproduction number for the cattle-midge-bluetongue system without sheep, ℛ̃0. If ℛ0 > 1 and ℛ̃0 > 1, bluetongue persists in cattle and midges even though it may eradicate the sheep, relying on cattle as a reservoir. If ℛ0 > 1 > ℛ̃0, bluetongue and all host and vector species coexist, and bluetongue does not eradicate the sheep because it cannot persist on midges and cattle alone. The two scenarios require different use of dynamical systems persistence theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1160-1184
Number of pages25
JournalSIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • Bluetongue
  • Delay
  • Disease reservoir
  • Persistence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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