Modeling the Spread of West Nile Virus

  • Date: 09/27/2007

Pauline van den Driessche (University of Victoria)


University of British Columbia


West Nile virus was detected in New York State in 1999, and has spread
rapidly across the continent causing bird, horse and human mortality.
The aim of this lecture is to model this spread. Biological assumptions
are summarized and lead to the development of a reaction-diffusion
model for the spatial spread of West Nile virus with cross infection
between birds and mosquitoes. For a simplified model, the existence of
traveling waves is proved and the spatial spread of infection is
calculated. Related models for West Nile virus spread are briefly

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MITACS Math Biology Seminar 2007