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A cholera transmission model incorporating the impact of medical resources

Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA

Special Issues: Recent Advances in Mathematical Population Dynamics

We propose a mathematical model for the transmission dynamics of cholera under the impact of available medical resources. The model describes the interaction between the human hosts and the pathogenic bacteria and incorporates both the environment-to-human and human-to-human transmission routes. We conduct a rigorous equilibrium analysis to the model and establish the global asymptotic stability of the disease-free equilibrium when R0 ≤ 1 and that of the endemic equilibrium when R0 > 1. As a realistic case study, we apply our model to the Yemen cholera outbreak during 2017–2018. By fitting our simulation results to the epidemic data published by the World Health Organization, we find that different levels of disease prevalence and severity are linked to different geographical regions in this country and that cholera prevention and intervention efforts should be implemented strategically with respect to these regions in Yemen.
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