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Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2004 Feb;69(2 Pt 1):021906. Epub 2004 Feb 26.

Outbreaks of Hantavirus induced by seasonality.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Institute for Nonlinear Science, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California 92093-0340, USA.

Abstract

Using a model for rodent population dynamics, we study outbreaks of Hantavirus infection induced by the alternation of seasons. Neither season by itself satisfies the environmental requirements for propagation of the disease. This result can be explained in terms of the seasonal interruption of the relaxation process of the mouse population toward equilibrium, and may shed light on the reported connection between climate variations and outbreaks of the disease.

PMID:
14995490
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevE.69.021906
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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