Computational modelling and optimal control of Ebola virus disease with non-linear incidence rate
CITATION: Takaidza, I., Makinde, O. D. & Okosun, O. K. 2017. Computational modelling and optimal control of Ebola virus disease with non-linear incidence rate. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 818(1):012003, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/818/1/012003.
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The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has exposed the need to connect modellers and those with relevant data as pivotal to better understanding of how the disease spreads and quantifying the effects of possible interventions. In this paper, we model and analyse the Ebola virus disease with non-linear incidence rate. The epidemic model created is used to describe how the Ebola virus could potentially evolve in a population. We perform an uncertainty analysis of the basic reproductive number R 0 to quantify its sensitivity to other disease-related parameters. We also analyse the sensitivity of the final epidemic size to the time control interventions (education, vaccination, quarantine and safe handling) and provide the cost effective combination of the interventions.