- R0 for vector-borne diseases
- impact of the assumption for the duration of the extrinsic incubation period
- Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases
- Volume | Issue number
- 15 | 3
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
Mathematical modeling and notably the basic reproduction number R0 have become popular tools for the description of vector-borne disease dynamics. We compare two widely used methods to calculate the probability of a vector to survive the extrinsic incubation period. The two methods are based on different assumptions for the duration of the extrinsic incubation period; one method assumes a fixed period and the other method assumes a fixed daily rate of becoming infectious. We conclude that the outcomes differ substantially between
the methods when the average life span of the vector is short compared to the extrinsic incubation period.
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