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Cluster formation for multi-strain infections with cross-immunity

Clavez, V. and Korobeinikov, A. and Maini, P. K. (2005) Cluster formation for multi-strain infections with cross-immunity. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 233 (1). pp. 75-83.



Many infectious diseases exist in several pathogenic variants, or strains, which interact via cross-immunity. It is observed that strains tend to self-organise into groups, or clusters. The aim of this paper is to investigate cluster formation. Computations demonstrate that clustering is independent of the model used, and is an intrinsic feature of the strain system itself. We observe that an ordered strain system, if it is sufficiently complex, admits several cluster structures of different types. Appearance of a particular cluster structure depends on levels of cross-immunity and, in some cases, on initial conditions. Clusters, once formed, are stable, and behave remarkably regularly (in contrast to the generally chaotic behaviour of the strains themselves). In general, clustering is a type of self-organisation having many features in common with pattern formation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mathematical modelling; Infectious disease; Cross-immunity; Self-organisation; Cluster
Subjects:A - C > Biology and other natural sciences
Research Groups:Centre for Mathematical Biology
ID Code:354
Deposited By: Philip Maini
Deposited On:10 Nov 2006
Last Modified:29 May 2015 18:20

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