2006, 3(1): 205-218. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2006.3.205

The effect of global travel on the spread of SARS


Department of Mathematics, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124-4250, United States


Department of Mathematics, Southwest Normal University, Chongqing 400715, PR, China


Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, United States

Received  April 2005 Revised  May 2005 Published  November 2005

The goal of this paper is to study the global spread of SARS. We propose a multiregional compartmental model using medical geography theory (central place theory) and regarding each outbreak zone (such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto, and Beijing) as one region. We then study the effect of the travel of individuals (especially the infected and exposed ones) between regions on the global spread of the disease.
Citation: Shigui Ruan, Wendi Wang, Simon A. Levin. The effect of global travel on the spread of SARS. Mathematical Biosciences & Engineering, 2006, 3 (1) : 205-218. doi: 10.3934/mbe.2006.3.205

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