Acta Applicandae Mathematicae

, Volume 132, Issue 1, pp 127–138

Effects of Mosquitoes Host Choice on Optimal Intervention Strategies for Malaria Control


DOI: 10.1007/s10440-014-9894-z

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Buonomo, B. & Vargas-De-León, C. Acta Appl Math (2014) 132: 127. doi:10.1007/s10440-014-9894-z


We consider a mathematical model for malaria transmission which takes into account of the increase of host’s attractiveness to mosquitoes when the host harbours the parasite’s gametocytes. We investigate how this behavioral manipulation by malaria parasite may impact the optimal interventions targeted to infectious humans like treatment and screening activities. In particular, our analysis suggests that it may produce an increase of total costs associated to the disease and its control.


MalariaMathematical modelOptimal control

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and ApplicationsUniversity of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly
  2. 2.Unidad Académica de MatemáticasUniversidad Autónoma de GuerreroChilpancingoMéxico