Dr Ling Xue (Harbin Engineering University )
Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria are less capable of transmitting dengue fever, Zika, and chikungunya and have shorter lifespan. In this talk, I present the mathematical model developed to quantify the impact of infecting wild Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes with wAlbB and wMel strains of Wolbachia in reducing the transmission of these diseases. The model accounts for the behaviour changes of the infectious population created by differences in the malaise caused by these diseases. The differences among the diseases, mosquitoes, and Wolbachia strains are captured by the model parameters for the mosquito-human transmission cycle.
Dr Ling Xue (Harbin Engineering University ) Xin Fang (Harbin Engineering University) Dr James M. Hyman (Tulane University)