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2006.47: Stochastic and Deterministic Analysis of SIS Household Epidemics

2006.47: Pete Neal (2006) Stochastic and Deterministic Analysis of SIS Household Epidemics.

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We analyse SIS epidemics amongst populations partitioned into households. The analysis considers both the stochastic and deterministic model and unlike previous analysis, we consider general infectious period distributions. For the deterministic model, we prove the existence of an endemic equilibrium for the epidemic if and only if the threshold parameter, $R_\ast >1$. Furthermore, by utilising Markov Chains we show that the total number of infectives converges to the endemic equilibrium as time $t \rightarrow \infty$. For the stochastic model, we prove a law of large numbers result for the convergence of the mean number of infectives per household in the stochastic model to the deterministic limit. This is followed by the derivation of a Gaussian limit process for the fluctuations of the stochastic model.

Item Type:MIMS Preprint
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stochastic and deterministic models; SIS epidemics; Households model; Endemic equilibrium; Gaussian processes
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 37 Dynamical systems and ergodic theory
MSC 2000 > 60 Probability theory and stochastic processes
MSC 2000 > 92 Biology and other natural sciences
MIMS number:2006.47
Deposited By:Dr Peter Neal
Deposited On:30 March 2006

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