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A Framework for Modeling Mosquito Vectors

James Gentile, Gregory Davis, Brandy St. Laurent and Steve Kurtz

The 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 10)
Ottawa, Canada, July 11-14, 2010


Summary

Vector-borne diseases account for 16% of the global infectious disease burden. Many of these debilitating and sometimes fatal diseases are transmitted between human hosts by a mosquito. Mosquito-targeted intervention methods have controlled or eliminated mosquito-borne diseases from many regions of the world but holoendemic areas of transmission still exist. These areas require a smarter and sharper system of intervention. To measure the impact of various intervention methods, there should to be a unified method for modeling mosquitoes in an agent-based simulation environment. This method should be flexible enough to model different species and genera of insects. In this paper, we propose a solution on how to model the life cycle of two genera of mosquitoes within a unified software architecture. The model's structure accurately describes the gonotrophic cycle of the insects and the simulated phenomena are well documented in the biological literature. The reproduction of the biological phenomena contributes to the validation our design and model.


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