Partnership dynamics and strain competition
Eames, Ken T. D.. (2006) Partnership dynamics and strain competition. JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL BIOLOGY, 243 (2). pp. 205-213. ISSN 0022-5193Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2006.06.013
Models of epidemic spread that include partnership dynamics within the host population have demonstrated that finite length partnerships can limit the spread of pathogens. Here the influence of partnerships on strain competition is investigated. A simple epidemic and partnership formation model is used to demonstrate that, in contrast to standard epidemiological models, the constraint introduced by partnerships can influence the success of pathogen strains. When partnership turnover is slow, strains must have a long infectious period in order to persist, a requirement of much less importance when partnership turnover is rapid. By introducing a tradeoff between transmission rate and infectious period it is shown that populations with different behaviours can favour different strains. Implications for control measures based on behavioural modifications are discussed, with such measures perhaps leading to the emergence of new strains. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL BIOLOGY|
|Publisher:||ACADEMIC PRESS LTD ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD|
|Date:||21 November 2006|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 205-213|
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