Modelling the role of multi-transmission routes in the epidemiology of bovine tuberculosis in cattle and buffalo populations

Patrick B. Phepa, Faraimunashe Chirove, Keshlan S. Govinder

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Abstract

A mathematical model that describes the transmission dynamics of bovine tuberculosis (BTB) in both buffalo and cattle populations is proposed. The model incorporates cross-infection and contaminated environment transmission routes. A full analysis of the model is undertaken. The reproduction number of the entire model is comprised of cross-infection and contaminated parameters. This underscores the importance of including both cross-infection and contaminated environment transmission routes. Crucially our simulations suggest that the disease has a more devastating effect on cattle populations than on buffalo populations when all transmission routes are involved. This has important implications for agriculture and tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalMathematical Biosciences
Volume277
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Buffalo
  • Cattle
  • Cross-infection
  • Environment
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Mycobacterium bovis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Applied Mathematics

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