Early determination of the reproductive number for vector-borne diseases: the case of dengue in Brazil
To evaluate a new method of deriving the reproductive number for vector-borne diseases from the early epidemic curves for vector-borne diseases with incubations in the vectors and in the hosts. Method
We applied the model to several dengue epidemics in different climatic regions of Brazil: Brasilia, Belém, Fortaleza, Boa Vista. Results
The new method leads to higher estimates of the reproductive number than previous models. Conclusion
At present, Aedes aegypti densities, the meeting of more compatible strains of viruses and mosquitoes, may lead to re-emergence of urban yellow fever epidemics.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: LOCEAN, UMR 7159-IRD/UR182, Paris, France 2: CEVEPI, SES-CE, Fortaleza, Brazil 3: Núcleo Avançado de Vetores, Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde, UFRR, Boa Vista, Brazil 4: IRD/UR178 Institut Français de Pondichéry (Epidémiologie Spatiale) 11, Pondicherry, India 5: DIVAL, SES-DF, Brasília, Brazil
Publication date: March 1, 2006