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An Agent-based Model of the Anopheles gambiae Mosquito Life Cycle

Ying Zhou, S. M. Niaz Arifin, James Gentile, Steven Kurtz, Gregory Davis, Barbara Wendelberger and Greg Madey

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


Anopheles gambiae is the primary mosquito species that serves as a vector for the transmission of the Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite among humans in malaria endemic areas. This paper introduces an agent-based model representing the Anopheles gambiae mosquito life cycle and its C++ implementation called AGiLESim. This model explicitly simulates the eight distinct stages in the Anopheles gambiae mosquito life cycle and handles female and male mosquitoes in the aquatic and adult phases individually. In this paper, we discuss the daily mortality rate and the mosquito development time at each stage, and the oviposition rule that guides egg-laying behavior of gravid adult female mosquito agents. In the implementation section, we illustrate the framework of our C++ software architecture. Finally, sensitivity analysis of the three key parameters, the initial mosquito abundance, the adult daily mortality rate, and the daily temperature, used in our model is given.

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