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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 107, No. 4, 2012, pp. 564-567
Bioline Code: oc12085
Full paper language: English
Document type: View Point
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 107, No. 4, 2012, pp. 564-567

 en Vectorial capacity, basic reproduction number, force of infection and all that: formal notation to complete and adjust their classical concepts and equations
Massad, Eduardo & Coutinho, Francisco Antonio Bezerra

Abstract

A dimensional analysis of the classical equations related to the dynamics of vector-borne infections is presented. It is provided a formal notation to complete the expressions for the Ross’ threshold theorem, the Macdonald’s basic reproduction “rate” and sporozoite “rate”, Garret-Jones’ vectorial capacity and Dietz-Molineaux-Thomas’ force of infection. The analysis was intended to provide a formal notation that complete the classical equations proposed by these authors.

Keywords
vector-borne infections - basic reproduction rate - sporozoite rate - vectorial capacity - force of infection - dimensional analysis

 
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