Epidemic threshold and control in a dynamic network

Taylor, Michael, Taylor, Timothy J and Kiss, Istvan Z (2012) Epidemic threshold and control in a dynamic network. Physical Review E, 85 (1). 016103-1-016103-6. ISSN 1539-3755

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In this paper we present a model describing susceptible-infected-susceptible-type epidemics spreading on a dynamic contact network with random link activation and deletion where link activation can be locally constrained. We use and adapt an improved effective degree compartmental modeling framework recently proposed by Lindquist et al. [ J. Math Biol. 62 143 (2010)] and Marceau et al. [ Phys. Rev. E 82 036116 (2010)]. The resulting set of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) is solved numerically, and results are compared to those obtained using individual-based stochastic network simulation. We show that the ODEs display excellent agreement with simulation for the evolution of both the disease and the network and are able to accurately capture the epidemic threshold for a wide range of parameters. We also present an analytical R0 calculation for the dynamic network model and show that, depending on the relative time scales of the network evolution and disease transmission, two limiting cases are recovered: (i) the static network case when network evolution is slow and (ii) homogeneous random mixing when the network evolution is rapid. We also use our threshold calculation to highlight the dangers of relying on local stability analysis when predicting epidemic outbreaks on evolving networks.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Depositing User: Timothy Taylor
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 10:00
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 08:01
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45733

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