Spatial Deterministic Epidemics
About this Title
Linda Rass, Queen Mary, University of London, London, England and John Radcliffe, Queen Mary, University of London, London, England
Publication: Mathematical Surveys and Monographs
Publication Year 2003: Volume 102
ISBNs: 978-0-8218-0499-5 (print); 978-1-4704-1329-3 (online)
MathSciNet review: MR1957005
MSC (2000): Primary 92D30; Secondary 34C60, 34K60, 45K05, 92D25
This monograph presents the rigorous mathematical theory developed to analyze the asymptotic behavior of certain types of epidemic models. The main model discussed in the book is the so-called spatial deterministic epidemic in which infected individuals are not allowed to again become susceptible, and infection is spread by means of contact distributions. Results concern the existence of traveling wave solutions, the asymptotic speed of propagation, and the spatial final size. A central result for radially symmetric contact distributions is that the speed of propagation is the minimum wave speed. Further results are obtained using a saddle point method, suggesting that this result also holds for more general situations.
Methodology, used to extend the analysis from one-type to multi-type models, is likely to prove useful when analyzing other multi-type systems in mathematical biology. This methodology is applied to two other areas in the monograph, namely epidemics with return to the susceptible state and contact branching processes.
The authors present an elegant theory, developed over the past quarter century, that has not appeared previously in monograph form. This book will be useful to researchers and graduate students working in mathematical methods in biology.
Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in mathematical biology.
Table of Contents
- 1. Introduction
- 2. The non-spatial epidemic
- 3. Bounds on the spatial final size
- 4. Wave solutions
- 5. The asymptotic speed of propagation
- 6. An epidemic on sites
- 7. The saddle point method
- 8. Epidemics with return to the susceptible state
- 9. Contact branching processes