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November  2013, 18(9): 2355-2376. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2013.18.2355

The infected frontier in an SEIR epidemic model with infinite delay

1. 

School of Mathematical Science, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225002, China

2. 

Department of Mathematics, MOE-LSC, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200240

Received  February 2013 Revised  June 2013 Published  September 2013

An SEIR epidemic model with infinite delay and the Neumann boundary condition is investigated, as well as the corresponding free boundary problem, in which the free boundary exactly describes the spreading frontier of the disease. For the problem in a fixed domain with null Neumann boundary condition, the transmission dynamics of the disease is determined by the basic reproduction number $R_0$. More specifically, whether the disease will die out or not depends on $R_0<1$ or $R_0>1$; while for the free boundary problem, we show that under certain conditions the disease will die out even $R_0>1$. Our results indicate that besides the basic reproduction number, the initial size of the infected domain and the diffusivity of the disease in a new region also produce a non-negligible influence to the disease transmission, and it seems more reasonable and acceptable.
Citation: Zhigui Lin, Yinan Zhao, Peng Zhou. The infected frontier in an SEIR epidemic model with infinite delay. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B, 2013, 18 (9) : 2355-2376. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2013.18.2355
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L. Caffarelli and S. Salsa, "A Geometric Approach to Free Boundary Problems,", American Mathematical Society, 68 (2005).   Google Scholar

[2]

X. F. Chen and A. Friedman, A free boundary problem arising in a model of wound healing,, SIAM J. Math. Anal., 32 (2000), 778.  doi: 10.1137/S0036141099351693.  Google Scholar

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Y. H. Du and Z. M. Guo, Spreading-vanishing dichotomy in a diffusive logistic model with a free boundary, II,, J. Differential Equations, 250 (2011), 4336.  doi: 10.1016/j.jde.2011.02.011.  Google Scholar

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D. Henry, "Geometric Theory of Semilinear Parabolic Equations,", Lecture Notes in Mathematics, 840 (1981).   Google Scholar

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[12]

K. I. Kim, Z. G. Lin and Z. Ling, Global existence and blowup of solutions to a free boundary problem for mutualistic model,, Sci. China Math., 53 (2010), 2085.  doi: 10.1007/s11425-010-4007-6.  Google Scholar

[13]

O. A. Ladyženskaja, V. A. Solonnikov, N. N. Ural'ceva, "Linear and Quasilinear Equations of Parabolic Type,", Amer. Math. Soc, (1968).   Google Scholar

[14]

Z. G. Lin, A free boundary problem for a predator-prey model,, Nonlinearity, 20 (2007), 1883.  doi: 10.1088/0951-7715/20/8/004.  Google Scholar

[15]

Z. G. Lin and M. Pedersen, Stability in a diffusive food-chain model with Michaelis-Menten functional response,, Nonlinear Anal., 57 (2004), 421.  doi: 10.1016/j.na.2004.02.022.  Google Scholar

[16]

M. Mimura, Y. Yamada and S. Yotsutani, A free boundary problem in ecology,, Japan J. Appl. Math., 2 (1985), 151.  doi: 10.1007/BF03167042.  Google Scholar

[17]

M. Mimura, Y. Yamada and S. Yotsutani, Stability analysis for free boundary problems in ecology,, Hiroshima Math. J., 16 (1986), 477.   Google Scholar

[18]

M. Mimura, Y. Yamada and S. Yotsutani, Free boundary problems for some reaction-diffusion equations,, Hiroshima Math. J., 17 (1987), 241.   Google Scholar

[19]

L. I. Rubinstein, "The Stefan Problem,", American Mathematical Society, (1971).   Google Scholar

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