**Applied Mathematics**

Vol.05 No.17(2014), Article ID:50913,7 pages

10.4236/am.2014.517268

A Mathematical Model for Schistosomiasis Japonicum with Harmless Delay

Huahua Cao, Shujing Gao^{*}, Xiangyu Zhang, Youquan Luo

College of Mathematics and Computer Science, Gannan Normal University, Ganzhou, China

Email: 870577346@qq.com, ^{*}gaosjmath@126.com, xyzhang5@163.com

Copyright © 2014 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY).

Received 12 August 2014; revised 28 August 2014; accepted 16 September 2014

ABSTRACT

From the lifecycle of schistosome, the phenomenon of time delay is widespread. In this paper, a two-dimensional system is studied that incorporates two time delays which are the incubation period of human and snail, respectively. Our purpose is to demonstrate that the time delays are harmless for stability of equilibria of the system. Further, sufficient conditions of stability of equilibria are obtained.

**Keywords:**

Stability, Schistosomiasis Japonicum, Time Delay

1. Introduction

Mathematical models ([1] -[7] , etc.) have been used to study the transmission and control of schistosomiasis since the first model that has been given by MacDonald in [8] . MacDonald’s model consists of two differential equations in two state variables that correspond to average parasite burden in the definitive hosts and the prevalence of infection in snails. DAS et al. [5] added a layer of biological realism to these early models to study the delay effect on schistosomiasis transmission with control measures. The model is given by

(1)

where is the current number of egg laying schistosomes in the human host population and is the current number of infected snails in the environment. Here, is the human population density per unit accessible water area; is the multiplication rate due to the infected snail population; and are the intrinsic death rates of two populations and respectively; is the simple contact rate; is the constant decay rate due to chemotherapy; and is the constant decay rate by predation or harvesting. Further is the incubation period for becoming to be infectious. For simplicity, it is assumed that is the constant total population of snails.

In [5] , for the sake of mathematical simplicity, they assumed the development of schistosoma is instantaneous. In fact, the developmental time of schistosome is not short. Under normal circumstances, the transit time from parasite eggs to miracidia to infect snail is about 21 days, cercariae are produced about 44 - 159 days after the miracidium penetration in snail hosts. In this paper, we also assume that and are the proportions of chemotherapy and predation or harvesting, respectively. Based on the above description, a schistosomiasis model with two time delays is proposed:

(2)

where is the incubation period for becoming infected human host population and is the transit time from parasite eggs to miracidia to infect snail. We assume that all parameters are positive.

From biological view, we assume that system (2) holds for the time with given nonnegative initial conditions:

(3)

where, the Banach space of continuous functions mapping the interval

into, where.

In the following, we focus on dynamics of system (2) in a nonnegative cone

It is well known by the fundamental theory of functional differential equations [9] that system (2) has a unique solution satisfying initial conditions (3). It is easy to show that all solutions of system (2) corresponding to initial conditions (3) are defined on and remain positive for all.

The remainder of the paper is organized as follows. In the next section, the stability of the disease-free equilibrium of system (2) is obtained. In Section 3, we investigate the stability of the endemic equilibrium. Some dynamical behaviors are given by numerical simulations in Section 4. This paper is ended with a brief discussion.

2. Stability Analysis of the Disease-Free Equilibrium

In this section, the stability of the disease-free equilibrium of system (2) is investigated.

Using standard methods, it is easy to see that the disease-free equilibrium always exists.

Define the basic reproductive number by

Then for system (2), it is easy to obtain the following result:

(i) If, system (2) has a unique disease-free equilibrium;

(ii) If, system (1.2) has two equilibria, the disease-free equilibrium and the unique endemic equilibrium, where

In the following, we study the global stability of the disease-free equilibrium of system (2).

Theorem 2.1. If, the disease-free equilibrium of system (2) is locally asymptotically stable.

Proof. First, according to [9] , the Jacobian matrix at of system (2) can be written as

(4)

Then the characteristic equation of system (2) at

(5)

where, , ,.

When, (5) becomes into

(6)

If, the roots of the equation (6) have negative real parts. Note that is equivalent to. Therefore, if and, is locally asymptotically stable.

Assume that there exists a such that (5) has pure imaginary roots. Then we have from (5) that

Separating real and image parts:

Adding up the squares of both equations, we obtain that

(7)

Note that

and Thus, , which implies that (7) has no positive roots, i.e., does not exist. This yields that all roots of (5) have negative real parts if.

Next, the global stability of the disease-free equilibrium of system (2) is analyzed. And the strategy of proof is to use Lyapunov functionals and the LaSalle invariance principle.

Theorem 2.2. If, the disease-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable in for all.

Proof. Let be any positive solution of system (2) with initial conditions (3).

Define

,

where.

Calculating the derivative of along positive solutions of system (2), it follows that

(8)

Define

(9)

We derive from (8) and (9) that

(10)

Define

. (11)

It follows from (10) and (11) that

(12)

On substituting and into (12), we obtain that

(13)

If, that is, it then follows from (13) that. By Theorem

which yields. Hence, if and only if. Accordingly, the global asymptotic stability of follows from LaSalle’s invariance principle.

3. Stability Analysis of the Endemic Equilibrium

It is obtained that the endemic equilibrium of system (2) is local stable in this section. Further, the global stability of is shown if.

Similar to the proof of Theorem 2.1, the following result is obtained.

Theorem 3.1. If, the endemic equilibrium of system (2) is locally asymptotically stable.

Proof. First, according to [9] , the Jacobian matrix at can be written as

(14)

Then the characteristic equation of system (2) at:

, (15)

where.

When, (15) becomes into

, (16)

If, then. It is shown that all the roots of the Equation (16) have negative real parts, suggesting is locally asymptotically stable.

Assume that there exists a such that (15) has pure imaginary roots Then we have from (15) that

Separating real and image parts:

Adding up the squares of both equations, we obtain that

(17)

We know that if, so (17) has no positive roots, i.e., does not exist. This yields that all roots of (17) have negative real parts if.

Now, we are interested in the global stability of. Then its global stability is investigated by means of Bendixson theorem.

Theorem 3.2. If, the endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable in when.

Proof. It is easy to check that equilibrium of system (2) is unstable if. By the above discussion, we know that equilibrium is locally stable if and all solutions of system (2) are ultimately bounded in. To prove the second assertion, we only prove that system (2) has not periodic orbits in the interior of if.

When,

It follows that

which leads to the nonexistence of periodic orbits by Bendixson theorem, therefore, is globally asymptotically stable.

4. Numerical Simulations

It is reported that cercariae are produced about 44 - 159 days after the miracidium penetration in snails. And the time from parasite eggs to miracidia to infect snail is about 21 days. Therefore, we choose and in this paper. Further, in this section, we perform some numerical simulations and sensitivity analysis using the following value of parameters:, , , , , , ,.

Thus, we can obtain, the disease-free equilibrium is asymptotically stable (Figure 1(a)). When, the value of other parameters is fixed, we can obtain and the unique endemic equilibrium is asymptotically stable (Figure 1(b)). In addition, fixing in simulations, we find that the number of parasite eggs and infectious snails increases as decreases, respectively (Figure 2).

From the above theorems, we know that the two time delays are harmless. According to the expression of,

Figure 1. The figure (a) shows that a numerical solution of system (2) tends to the disease-free equilibrium as time tends to infinity, where The figure (b) illustrates that a numerical solution of system (2) tends to the endemic equilibrium as time tends to infinity, where.

Figure 2. Simulation results:, 0.042, 0.044, 0.046, 0.048, 0.050 from top to base, respectively. We can find that the smaller of values of, the higher of values of parasite eggs and infected snails.

the impact of C and H on schistosomiasis transmission is discussed. Fixing, we can see that when, the endemic equilibrium exists and is stable, when, the endemic equilibrium doesn’t exist. But the disease-free equilibrium is stable (Figure 3(a)). Analogously, fixing, from Figure 3(b), it is obvious that the disease-free equilibrium is stable when.

From the formula of the basic reproductive number, we know that the basic reproductive number is a decrease function of the rates of chemotherapy and predation or harvesting. This means chemotherapy and predation or harvesting can influence the system.

However, to find out the most influential control measure, we need sensitivity analysis. Now we carry out the sensitivity analysis by calculating the derivation of on and. The derivation is respectively

From Figure 4(a), we can see that when, decreases rapidly with the increase of, the decline of is not obvious. Similarly, decreases rapidly with the increase of when (Figure 4(b)).

Figure 3. Forward bifurcation diagrams for the parasite eggs population.

Figure 4. Sensitivity analysis of on and, respectively.

In brief, the basic reproductive number is more sensitive when and are small.

By sensitivity analysis of the basic reproductive number on the rates of chemotherapy and predation or harvesting, we know that the basic reproductive number is a decrease function of the rates of chemotherapy and predation or harvesting. In numerical simulations, we also find that the smaller of values of the rate of chemotherapy, the more sensitive of the basic reproductive number.

Although the two time delays are harmless, all of these results imply that the rates of chemotherapy and predation or harvesting can influence the dynamic behaviors. Furthermore, to reduce the prevalence of schistosomiasis infection, to some extent, increasing the rate of predation or harvesting by some measures could achieve better results than increasing the rate of chemotherapy.

5. Conclusions

In this paper, we propose a system of delayed differential equations for schistosomiasis japonicum transmission and obtain sufficient conditions for the existence and local stability of equilibria. Further, global asymptotic stability of the disease-free equilibrium is also studied by constructing suitable Lyapunov functions. When, the disease-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable (Figure 5(a)); when, the endemic-free equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable and globally asymptotically stable if. Thus, plays an important part in controlling schistosomiasis.

Finally, we guess that the endemic equilibrium should be global asymptotic stable when. And this guess is verified by numerical simulations (Figure 5(b)). This issue will be addressed in future studies.

Figure 5. Phase diagrams: (a); (b).

Acknowledgements

The research has been partially supported by The Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11261004), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation funded project (No.

Cite this paper

HuahuaCao,ShujingGao,XiangyuZhang,YouquanLuo, (2014) A Mathematical Model for Schistosomiasis Japonicum with Harmless Delay. *Applied Mathematics*,**05**,2807-2814. doi: 10.4236/am.2014.517268

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