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Mathematical Biology Seminar

March 30, 2022 - 11:00am

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Speaker: Dr. Laura Strube, Virginia Tech

Title: ROLE OF REPEAT INFECTION IN THE DYNAMICS OF A SIMPLE MODEL OF WANING AND BOOSTING IMMUNITY

Time: 11am (Pacific Time)

Zoom Link: https://ucmerced.zoom.us/j/98050375649

 

Abstract: Some infectious diseases produce lifelong immunity while others only produce temporary immunity. In the case of short-lived immunity, the level of protection wanes over time and may be boosted upon re-exposure, via infection or vaccination. Previous work developed a simple model capturing waning and boosting immunity, known as the Susceptible-Infectious-Recovered-Waned-Susceptible (SIRWS) model, which exhibits rich dynamical behavior including supercritical and subcritical Hopf bifurcations among other structures. Here, we extend the bifurcation analyses of the SIRWS model to examine the influence of all parameters on these bifurcation structures. We show that the bistable region, involving both a stable fixed point and a stable limit cycle, exists only for a small region of biologically realistic parameter space. Furthermore, we contrast the SIRWS model with a modified version, where immune boosting may involve the occurrence of a secondary infection. Analysis of this extended model shows that oscillations and bistability, as found in the SIRWS model, depend on strong assumptions about infectivity and recovery rate from secondary infection. Understanding the dynamics of models of waning and boosting immunity is important for accurately assessing epidemiological data.