Oscillatory Behavior of a Network Epidemic SIS Model with Nonlinear Infectivity ()

Chunhua Feng, Carl S. Pettis

College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, Alabama State University, Montgomery, USA.

**DOI: **10.4236/am.2014.51021
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College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, Alabama State University, Montgomery, USA.

In this paper, an epidemic SIS model with nonlinear infectivity on heterogeneous networks and time delays is investigated. The oscillatory behavior of the solutions is studied. Two sufficient conditions are provided to guarantee the oscillatory behavior for the solutions. Some computer simulations are demonstrated.

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C. Feng and C. Pettis, "Oscillatory Behavior of a Network Epidemic SIS Model with Nonlinear Infectivity," *Applied Mathematics*, Vol. 5 No. 1, 2014, pp. 203-211. doi: 10.4236/am.2014.51021.

**Keywords:**Epidemic SIS Network Model; Delay; Oscillation

1. Introduction

The classical susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) model is a system consisting of three differential equations. For example, if the host population is divided into susceptibles, , and infectives, , Zhou proposed the following model [1]:

(1)

where A is the constant recruitment rate, is the fertility of susceptibles, is the infectives, is the fertility reduction factor due to infection, is the probability of newborns of infectives which are susceptible, is the probability of vertical transmission from a mother to her newborn baby before, during, or just after birth, d is the natural death rate, is the disease-related death rate, and is the recovery rate. Zhou studied the global asymptotic stabilities of the equilibrium described in the model (1). Several authors have investigated the dynamical behavior of various models similar to system (1) [2-6]. Hethcote et al. discussed a predator-prey model with infected prey [7]. Sinha et al. studied a predator-prey system with infected prey in polluted environment [8]. Those epidemic models are based on uniform mixing population. However, in practice, it seems that each individual has limited contact with those they can pass disease which leads to a new theory that the ensemble of all such individuals forms a complex network. A particular class of infections such as computer viruses also spread naturally in networks. Using the new network models to compute the epidemic dynamics has been shown in the effects of network structure on disease spreading [9-16]. Recently, Zhu et al. proposed a new epidemic SIS network model with nonlinear infectivity as follows [15]:

(2)

where and represent the relative densities of the susceptible and infected nodes,; represent the recovery rate, birth rate and death rate respectively; is the correlated infection rate; and

(3)

where denotes the mean degree value, is the largest degree number, is the probability that a node has k edges, represents the occupied edges which can transmit the disease and can be consisted as a force of infection [15]. Based on death rate which is equal to birth rate, then Model (2) changes to the following simple form:

(4)

The global attractivity of the model (4) is studied mathematically by the authors. However, the recovery rate, birth rate may have different values in each edge. Also the incubation period for infected term needs to be considered.

Therefore, in this paper, we investigate the oscillatory behavior of the following elementary extension of Model (4) with time delay:

(5)

The oscillatory behavior of the solution for System (5) means that the disease is still limited spreading.

2. Main Results

Based on a practical consideration, we assume that the initial condition for System (4) as follows:

(6)

Definition 1. The solution of System (5) is called oscillation about the equilibrium if there exists a sequence, tends to infinity as such that and If there exists at least one component of the solution is non-oscillating, then we say that the solution is partly oscillation.

Lemma 1. The solutions of System (5) with initial condition (6) are nonnegative and bounded.

Proof. It is known that time delay can induce the instability of the solutions of the system. It does not change a bounded solution to unbounded solution. Therefore, we only need to prove that the bounded solution for the following system:

(7)

Since, according to the definition of, we can easily see that for any Then we have

(8)

Therefore,

(9)

On the other hand,

(10)

We get

(11)

So, for any Based on the initial condition (6), we have that

Lemma 2. Assume that the initial condition (6) and the following condition are satisfied:

. (12)

Then there exists a unique positive equilibrium point of System (5).

Proof. The proof is similar to Theorem 2.2 [15]. Indeed, the equilibrium point of (5) is the solution of the following algebraic equation:

(13)

From (13) we get

(14)

Substituting (14) into (3) we have

(15)

Since and, the equation has a unique non-trivial solution if the assumption is satisfied. The proof is completed.

Note that and. From (5) we have

(16)

where Thus, the instability of the trivial solution for the following system (17) and (18) implies the instability of the equilibrium point of System (5).

(17)

(18)

We can rewrite System (17) as a matrix form

(19)

where

In which,

Theorem 1. Assume that the initial condition (6) holds and there exists a unique positive equilibrium point of System (5). Let denote the eigenvalues of the matrix of the System (19). Suppose that there exists some that satisfies

(20)

Then there exists an oscillatory or partly oscillatory solution of System (5).

Proof. We shall prove that the trivial solution of (19) is unstable. Suppose this is not the case, then there exists an such that the trivial solution is convergent for Since are eigenvalues of the matrix we have immediately that

or

(21)

Consider the characteristic equation for some

(22)

If the trivial solution of (20) is convergent for then. From (22) and noting that we get

(23)

From (23) this yields by the formula, which contradicts the condition (20). Similarly, from (18) we can get

(24)

(24) is also a contradiction with (20). Thus the trivial solutions of Systems (17) and (18) are unstable, implying that the unique positive equilibrium point of System (5) is unstable. Namely, System (5) generates an oscillatory or partly oscillatory solution.

Theorem 2. Assume that the initial condition (6) holds and there exists a unique positive equilibrium point of System (5). Suppose that the following inequality holds

(25)

Then there exists an oscillatory solution of System (5).

Proof. The characteristic equation corresponding (19) is the following:

If the trivial solution of (19) is convergent for then there exists an eigenvalue say that satisfies

(26)

By Gershgorin’s theorem [17] satisfies or

(27)

From (27), and note that we have

(28)

We get

(29)

Both sides divided by in (29) we get

(30)

Noting that, then And again using the formula, this leads to

(31)

But (31) contradicts our assumption (25). Thus the trivial solution of System (19) is unstable. Similarly, one can show that the trivial solution of System (18) is also unstable under the condition (25). The instability of the trivial solutions of Systems (18) and (19) implies the instability of the unique positive equilibrium point of System (5). Therefore, System (5) generates an oscillatory or partly oscillatory solution.

3. Simulation Results

In Figure 1, we discuss the case that the largest degree number n is three in System (5), letso We first select

We see that the solutions of the system are convergent when delay (see Figure 1(a)). However, setting delay, partial oscillation of the solution occurs (Figure 1(b)). Then we take,

. The matrix. The eigenvalues of matrix C are,

and We select Let and 2.165 respectively, each component of the solution is oscillatory (Figure 1(c) and Figure 1(d)). It seems that the amplitude the more the larger of In this case, we have. Based on Theorem 1, the equilibrium point is unstable. There exists an oscillatory solution.

(a)(b)(c)(d)

Figure 1. (a) Convergence of the solution, P(k) = 0.7903k^{−}^{2.4}, delay 1.205; (b) Partial oscillation of the solution, P(k) = 0.7903k^{−2.4}, delay 1.805; (c) Oscillation of the solution P(k) = 0.7903k^{−2.4}, delay 2.155; (d) Oscillation of the solution P(k) = 0.7903k^{−2.4}, delay 2.165.

In Figure 2, we discuss the case that the largest degree number n is four in System (5), setting

, thus, we first select, Thus the matrix

The eigenvalues of matrix C are and. Take

. Select we have

. Based on Theorem 1, the trivial solution is oscillatory (see Figure 2(b)). However, when we see that the trivial solution is still convergent (Figure 2(a)). This implies that delay induced oscillation. Also oscillation appeared when delay reached a certain extent.

In Figure 3, we take

We see that there are two components of the solution that are convergent when delay equals to 0.612, while they are oscillatory as delay equals to 0.615.

(a)(b)

Figure 2. (a) Convergence of the trivial solution, P(k) = 0.7209k^{−2.1}, delay 2.5; (b) Oscillation of the trivial solution P(k) = 0.7209k^{−2.1}, delay 3.45.

(a)(b)

Figure 3. (a) Convergence of the solutions, P(k) = 0.7209k^{−2.1}, delay 0.612. (b) Oscillation of the solutions, P(k) = 0.7209k^{−2.1}, delay 0.615.

4. Conclusion

This paper discusses an epidemic SIS model with time delays. The oscillatory behavior of the solutions about the equilibrium point is studied. Two sufficient conditions are provided to guarantee the oscillatory behavior for the solutions. The computer simulation suggests time delay induced oscillation or partial oscillation. However, why the time delay will lead to a partial oscillation, this is a very interesting open problem. From Figure 3, what is the time delay critical value between oscillation and non-oscillation for this system is another open problem.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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