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Dengue Fever and the Zika Virus

  • Fred Brauer
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez
  • Zhilan Feng
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Part of the Texts in Applied Mathematics book series (TAM, volume 69)

Abstract

While there have been cases of probable dengue fever more than 1000 years ago, the first recognized dengue epidemics occurred in Asia, Africa, and North America in the 1780s. There have been frequent outbreaks since then, and the number of reported cases has been increasing rapidly recently. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 50,000,000 people worldwide are infected with dengue. Symptoms may include fever, headaches, joint and muscle pain, and nausea, but many cases are very mild. There is no cure for dengue fever, but most patients recover with rest and fluids. There are at least four different strains of dengue fever, and there is some cross-immunity between strains. Dengue fever is transmitted by the mosquito aedes aegypti, and most control strategies are aimed at mosquito control.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Brauer
    • 1
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez
    • 2
  • Zhilan Feng
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Mathematical and Computational Modeling Center (MCMSC), Department of Mathematics and StatisticsArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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