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Modelling the use of impulsive vaccination to control Rift Valley Fever virus transmission
Advances in Difference Equations volumeÂ 2016, ArticleÂ number:Â 134 (2016)
Abstract
In this paper, we propose a vectorbone dynamical model to against the transmission of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) between ruminants and mosquitoes, where impulsive vaccination for susceptible ruminants is introduced. By using the comparison principle, integral and differential inequalities, and some of analytical skills, the threshold values for the stability of the diseasefree periodic solution and uniform persistence of disease are obtained. These values characterize the evolution and extinction of the disease. Numerical simulations are carried out to illustrate the main theoretical results and the feasibility of the impulsive vaccination control strategy.
1 Introduction
Infectious diseases have great impact on human and animals life, which are always aroused by viruses, parasites, bacteria, fungi, and some microorganisms with pathogen. These diseases spread to human (or animals) with directly or indirectly ways. There are significant data showing that many infectious diseases spread with mediums, such as Measles, Dengue fever, Plague, Hydrophobia, and so on. Rift Valley Fever virus (RVFV) is an important mosquitoborne viral zoonsis in North Africa and Kenya, which is a member of the Phlebovirus genus in the Bunyaviridae family. RVFV was first discovered in Kenya in the early 1930s [1]. RVFV is spread by either touching infected animal blood, breathing in the air around an infected animal being butchered, drinking raw milk from an infected animal, or the bite of infected mosquitoes. Animals such as cows, sheep, goats, and camels may be affected [2, 3].
Using mathematical models to investigate the transmission rules of RVFV disease is beneficial to control diseases in medical science, so the dynamic behaviors of the diseases are investigated in many literatures. We refer to some of them, [4â€“8] and the references therein. Particularly, Gaff etÂ al. [9] investigated an epidemiological model for RVFV and found the stability of the diseasefree equilibrium. Saul etÂ al. [10] investigated the dynamical behavior of RVFV with human host and computed the disease threshold \(\mathcal{R}_{0}\) for analyzing the local stability of equilibria. Xue etÂ al. [11] presented a new compartmentalized model for RVFV and used ordinary differential equations to assess disease spread in both time and space. With the latter driven as a function of contact networks, Gao etÂ al. [12] investigated the spatial spread of RVFV and proposed a threepatch model, introduced the basic reproduction number for each patch, and then established the threshold dynamics of the model. Of course, mathematical models also used to discuss the transmission rules of other vectorborne disease [13â€“15] and the references therein.
Recently, vaccines are generally used to protect animals from Rift Valley Fever in endemic regions. Right now, two types of vaccines are available for susceptible animals to reduce amplification of the virus: inactivated wholevirus and liveattenuated Smithburn vaccines [16]. Inactivated vaccines can be applied to ruminants of all ages without causing abortions, but they are expensive, and repeated doses are required. In comparison, liveattenuated vaccines are cheap and effective since they confer a lifelong immunity with a single dose. But the undesirable side effects are obvious: they may lead to fetal abnormalities and abortions in pregnant ruminants, and there is the safety concern of reversion to virulence [17]. Based on this, Farida etÂ al. [18] used the mathematical model to investigate RVFV among ruminants and considered continuous vaccination for animals and found that vaccination was efficient to reduce the loss of animals. We know, however, that the continuous vaccination is not practical in the reality living, and the control measures are only employed in the particular moment. So for this reason, infectious models with impulsive vaccination are concerned by more and more scholars. For example, Sabin [19] controlled successfully measles and poliomyelitis throughout Central and South America, and another example of successful application of this strategy is the U.K. vaccination action against measles in [20]. Using a SIR epidemic model, Shulgin etÂ al. [21] showed that under a planned pulse vaccination region, the sate of model converges to a stable sate with which the size of infectious population is zero. This result shows that the pulse vaccination may lead to the eradication of infectious disease, provided that the magnitude of vaccination keeps a rational proportion and the period of pulses is sustained. dâ€™Onofrio [22] proposed a SEIR epidemic model based pulse vaccination strategy by which the local and global asymptotic stabilities of the periodic eradication solution are analyzed. More related research works on the dynamical behaviors of epidemic models with pulse vaccination also can be found in [23â€“27] and the references therein.
Looking at the results of existing researches on epidemic dynamical models with impulsive vaccination and using mathematical model to investigate vectorborne epidemic model, the dynamic behavior with impulsive vaccination strategy is not investigated. Therefore, we propose a novel dynamical model to control the transmission of RVFV, where impulsive vaccinate for susceptible ruminant at regular interval is proposed. The main purpose is to investigate the impulsive vaccination control strategy that governs whether the disease dies out or not, and further to examine how the control strategy affects the prevention and control of RVFV disease. The organization of this paper is as follows. We present preliminaries and formulate the control model of RVF with impulsive vaccination in the next section. In SectionÂ 3, we consider the global stability of the freedisease periodic solution and give a threshold value for the diseaseeliminating. In SectionÂ 4, we discuss the uniform persistence of the disease. Numerical simulation and discussion are carried in SectionÂ 5.
2 Model formulation and preliminaries
The traditional RVFV model is to divide ruminant population into three classes, the susceptible S, infectious I, and recovered R, and female mosquitoes are divided into two classes, uninfected U and infectiousÂ V. In order to formulate the control model, we have the following assumptions.
 \((A_{1})\) :

The ruminant population is recruited with rate Î›, Î¼ is the natural death rate (including slaughter) of ruminant, with RVFV owing to infection with RVFV also causing mortality in ruminants. We assume that ruminants die due to RVFV infection at rate d (including slaughter) and do not consider infection with RVFV causing abortion in ruminant.
 \((A_{2})\) :

An infectious mosquito bites ruminant, and ruminant is infected by infectious mosquito successfully by rate \(p_{r}\); in turn, an infectious mosquito bites infectious ruminant and is infected by infectious ruminant successfully with rate \(p_{m}\), and we assume that each female mosquito bites at a constant rate a.
 \((A_{3})\) :

Assume that Î¾ is the growth rate of mosquitoes and \(M_{0}\) is the capacity for mosquitoes. Infection with RVFV induces lifelong immunity in ruminants at a rate of Î³, and we also assume that Î· is the natural birth/death rate of mosquitoes. Moreover, in this paper, we do not take into account vertical transmission of RVFV in mosquitoes since vertical transmission is rare.
 \((A_{4})\) :

With the consideration of mechanism of prevention and control for the spread of RVFV, we consider impulsive vaccination, and only susceptible ruminants are vaccinated at rate Ï•. Assuming that after successful vaccination, ruminants are completely immune to the virus and move to the recovery compartment with immunity.
Under aforementioned assumptions, we come to the control model that is governed by the following ordinary differential equation with impulsive vaccination:

\(t\neq nT\), \(n=1,2,\ldots\)

\(t=nT\), \(n=1,2,\ldots\)
The initial condition of models (1) and (2) is given as \((S_{0},I_{0},R_{0},U_{0},V_{0})\in\mathbb{R}_{+}^{5}=\{ (x_{1},x_{2},x_{3}, x_{4},x_{5}):x_{i}\geq0, i=1,2,3,4,5\}\).
The total number of mosquitoes at time t is denoted by \(M(t)\), where \(M(t)=U(t)+V(t)\). From the equations of mosquitoes of models (1) and (2) we have
Obviously, by the preceding, we have that \(M(t)\) converges to \(M_{0}\) as \(t\to\infty\) for any positiveÂ initial value. Therefore, we can consider the following limit system of models (1) andÂ (2):
From biological considerations, we analyze the dynamical behaviors of model (3) in the closed set
On the nonnegative of solutions for model (3) we have the following lemma.
Lemma 1
Each component of any solution of model (3) is nonnegative, and Î© is a positively invariant.
The proof of Lemma 1 is obvious, and hence we omit it here.
Next, we consider the general impulsive differential equation
where \(a>0\), \(b>0\), and \(0< p<1\).
The following Lemma 2 is on the existent and stability of positive periodic solution for equation (4). Though its proof is straightforward, but useful.
Lemma 2
Equation (4) has a unique positive periodic solution
where
and \(z_{p}(t)\) is globally asymptotically stable.
Finally, for the convenience of further statements, we introduce the definition on the uniform persistence of disease.
Definition 1
The disease in model (3) is said to be uniform persistent if there exists a positive constant \(m^{*}\) such that \(\liminf_{t\to\infty}I(t)\geq m^{*}\) and \(\liminf_{t\to\infty}V(t)\geq m^{*}\).
3 The existence and stability of the diseasefree periodic solution
In this section, we discuss the existence and stability of the diseasefree periodic solution of model (3). Supposing that the infectious individuals are completely absent, that is, \(I(t)=V(t)=0\), model (3) becomes of the following style:
From the first and fourth equations of model (5) we have
In view of Lemma 2, it follows that model (6) has a unique positive periodic solution
where
which is globally asymptotically stable. Let \(N(t)=S(t)+R(t)\). From model (5) we have \({\mathrm{d} N(t)}/{\mathrm{d} t}=\Lambda\mu N(t)\) and \(\lim_{t\to\infty}N(t)={\Lambda}/{\mu}\). Hence, \(\lim_{t\to\infty}R(t)={\Lambda}/{\mu}\lim_{t\to\infty}S(t)\), and we denote \(R_{p}(t)={\Lambda}/{\mu}S_{p}(t)\).
Further, from the third and sixth equations of model (5) we easily get that
Moreover, from the above discussion we have that model (5) has a globally asymptotically stable periodic solution \((S_{p}(t),R_{p}(t),U_{p}(t))\).
Let
where \(\theta^{\ast}=\min\{\mu+d+\gamma,\eta\}\). On the global asymptotic stability of a diseasefree periodic solution of model (3) we have the following theorem.
Theorem 1
If \(\mathcal{R}_{0}<1\), then model (3) has a unique diseasefree periodic solution \((S_{p}(t),0, R_{p}(t),U_{p}(t),0)\), which is globally asymptotically stable.
Proof
Because \(\mathcal{R}_{0}<1\), we can chose \(\varepsilon>0\) small enough such that
From the first equation of model (3) it follows that
Now, we consider the following comparison impulsive differential equation:
By Lemma 2, model (13) has a unique positive periodic solution given by (7) and (8). Let \((S(t),I(t),R(t),U(t),V(t))\) be a solution of model (3) with \(S(0^{+})=S_{0}>0\), and \(\widehat{S}(t)\) be a solution of model (13) with \(\widehat{S}(0^{+})=S(0^{+})\). Therefore, by the comparison theorem of impulsive differential equation (for more details, see [28, 29]) and Lemma 2 there is an integer \(n_{1}>0\) such that, for all \(n\geq n_{1}\),
Further, from the fourth and ninth equations of model (3) we have
This, together with the comparison theorem of ordinary differential equation, shows that there exists an integer \(n_{2}\geq n_{1}\) such that
Then, from inequalities (14) and (15) and from the second and fifth equations of model (3) we get
for all \(t\geq nT \) and \(n\geq n_{2}\). By (11) we can get \(\lim_{t\to\infty}(I(t)+V(t))=0\), that is,
since \(I(t)\geq0\) and \(V(t)\geq0\). Therefore, there is an integer \(n_{3}\geq n_{2}\) such that
for all \(t\geq n_{3}T\). From the above and the first equation of model (3) we have
Consider the following comparison impulsive differential equation:
By Lemma 2, model (18) has a unique positive periodic solution \(x_{p}(t)\), which is globally asymptotically stable,
with
Hence, by (17) and the comparison theorem of impulsive differential equation, there exists an integer \(n_{4}\geq n_{3} \) such that
Using the comparison theorem and the expressions of \(\varepsilon_{0}\) and \(S_{p}\), we obtain that there is an integer \(n_{5}\geq n_{4}\) such that, for \(n\geq n_{5}\),
On the other hand, from the fourth and ninth equations of model (3) we get
Similarly to the above discussion, there exists an integer \(n_{6}\geq n_{5}\) such that, for \(t\geq n_{6}T\),
Since Îµ is small enough, it follows that
where we also used the fact (15). Further, by (14), (19), and (20) we have
Thus,
By (16) and (21)(23) we know the diseasefree periodic solution \((S_{p}(t),0,R_{p}(t),U_{p}(t),0)\) of model (3) is globally asymptotically stable if \(\mathcal {R}_{0}<1\). This completes the proof.â€ƒâ–¡
Next, we consider the critical vaccination proportion, that is, the value \(\phi=\phi^{\ast}\) such that \(\mathcal{R}_{0}(\phi^{\ast})=1\), where \(\mathcal{R}_{0}(\phi^{\ast})\) is the value for \(\mathcal{R}_{0}\) in which Ï• is replaced by \(\phi^{\ast}\). We easily calculate that
Further, from (10) we have
Therefore, \(\mathcal{R}_{0}<1\) only when \(\phi>\phi^{\ast}\). We have the following theorem, which is a direct consequence of Theorem 1.
Theorem 2
The diseasefree periodic solution \((S_{p}(t),0,R_{p}(t),U_{p}(t),0)\) of model (3) is globally asymptotically stable when \(\phi>\phi ^{\ast}\), where \(\phi^{\ast}\) is given by (24).
4 The uniform persistence of RVFV
In this section, we discuss the uniform persistence of RVFV for model (3). For any \(\tilde{p}>0\) and \(t>0\), we define
and
where \(S_{p}(t)\) and \(U_{p}(t)\) are given by (7) and (9), respectively, and \(I(t)\) and \(V(t)\) are elements of solutions of model (3).
The following theorem is on the uniform persistence of disease.
Theorem 3
If there exists positive constants pÌƒ and Î± such that
and \(H(\tilde{p},t) <0\) for all \(t\geq0\), then the Rift Valley Fever disease in model (3) is uniformly persistent.
Proof
Since \(H(\tilde{p},t) < 0\), we can chose a positive constant Î± such that \(H(\tilde{p},t) < \alpha\), and by (25) and (26) we can choose small enough positive constants Îµ, \(\varepsilon_{1}\), \(\eta_{1}\), \(\eta_{2}\), and \(\eta_{3}\) such that
and
First, we prove that
If (31) were not true, then there would exist a positive integer \(n_{1}\) such that \(0< I(t)<\varepsilon\) for all \(t\geq n_{1}T\).
If \(V(t)\geq\varepsilon_{1}\) for all \(t\geq n_{1}T\), then from the fifth equation of model (3) and the fact \(0< I(t)<\varepsilon\) we have
for all \(t\geq n_{1}T\). Thus, from (29) it follows that \(\lim_{t\to\infty}V(t)=\infty\). This is in contradiction with \(V(t)>0\). Therefore, there exists \(t_{1}\geq n_{1}T\) such that \(V(t_{1})<\varepsilon_{1}\). Now, we claim that
for all \(t\geq t_{1}\). Otherwise, there is \(t_{2}>t_{1}\) such that \(V(t_{2})>\varepsilon_{1}+ap_{m}(M_{0}+\varepsilon)\varepsilon T\). Then there must exist \(t_{3}\in(t_{1}, t_{2})\) such that \(V(t_{3})=\varepsilon_{1}\) and \(V(t)>\varepsilon_{1}\) for \(t\in(t_{3}, t_{2})\). We can chose a positive integer m such that \(t_{2}\in(t_{3}+mT, t_{3}+(m+1)T)\). Integrating the fifth equation of model (3) from \(t_{3}\) to \(t_{2}\), we get
where we also used (29). This is a contradiction. Thus, (32) is valid.
From the first equation of model (3),we have
Now, we consider the following comparison impulsive differential equation:
By Lemma 2, model (34) has a unique positive periodic solution \(\widetilde{S}_{p}(t)\), which is globally asymptotically stable,
for all \(nT< t\leq(n+1)T\), \(n=1,2,\ldots\)â€‰, where
By (33) and the comparison theorem for impulsive differential equation there exists an integer \(n_{2}\geq n_{1}\) such that
Further, by (12) and the comparison theorem for impulsive differential equation there exists an integer \(n_{3}\geq n_{2}\) such that
for all \(t\in(nT,(n+1)T]\) and \(n\geq n_{3}\). Since Îµ and \(\varepsilon_{1}\) is small enough, from (35) and (36) we have
On the other hand, from the fourth equation of model (3) we have
for \(t\geq n_{3}T\). By the comparison theorem of ordinary differential equation,there has an integer \(n_{4}\geq n_{3}\) such that
for all \(t\geq n_{4}T\).
We further prove that there exists a positive integer \(n_{5}\geq n_{4}\) such that
Otherwise, there exist two cases:

(i)
\(F(\tilde{p},t)>0\) for all \(t\geq n_{4}T\);

(ii)
\(F(\tilde{p},t)\) oscillates about 0 for all large t.
If case (i) holds, from the fifth equation of model (3) and inequality (38) we have
where we used the fact that \(F(\tilde{p},t)>0\). Integrating this inequality from \(n_{4}T\) to t, we get
From this and from (27) we get that \(\lim_{t\to\infty }V(t)= \infty\). This contradicts with the bound of \(V(t)\). So, caseÂ (i) is false.
Now, we turn to case (ii). There exist two time sequences \(\{t_{m}\}\) and \(\{s_{m}\}\) satisfying
and \(\lim_{m\to\infty}s_{m}=\infty\) such that \(F(\tilde{p},s_{m})=0\), \(\mathrm{d} F(\tilde{p},s_{m})/{\mathrm{d} s_{m}}\geq0\), \(F(\tilde {p},t) > 0 \) for all \(t\in\bigcup_{m=1}^{\infty}(s_{m}, t_{m})\), and \(F(\tilde{p},t) \leq0 \) for all \(t \notin\bigcup_{m=1}^{\infty }(s_{m}, t_{m})\). Therefore, we have \(\tilde{p}I(s_{m})=V(s_{m})\) and
Obviously, this is in contraction with (30). Moreover, by the above discussion (39) is thus valid.
From the second equation of model (3) and from (37) and (39) we have
Integrating this inequality from \(n_{5}T\) to t, it follows that
It is easy to obtain that \(\lim_{t\to\infty}I(t)= \infty\) from (28). This is a contradiction. Hence, the result (31) is true.
Finally, we will prove that
for any solution \((S(t),I(t),R(t),U(t),V(t))\) of model (3) with initial value \(X(0)\in\mathbb{R}_{+}^{5}\). By (28) we can chose two positive constants Ï‰, Îº such that
for all \(t\geq n_{5}T\) and \(\xi>\omega\). If (40) were not true, then there would exist a sequence of initial values \(Y_{n}=(S_{n},I_{n},R_{n},U_{n},V_{n})\in\mathbb{R}_{+}^{5}\) (\(n=1,2,\ldots\)) such that
By (31), for every n, there are two time sequences \(\{ t_{j}^{(n)}\}\) and \(\{s_{j}^{(n)}\}\) satisfying
and \(\lim_{j\to\infty}s_{j}^{(n)}=\infty\) such that
and
From the second equation of model (3) we have
Integrating this inequality from \(s_{j}^{(n)}\) to \(t_{j}^{(n)}\), it follows that
Therefore, by (42) we get
that is,
For each n, from the first equation of model (3) we have
Let \(\bar{S}(t)\) be a solution of model (34) with initial value \(\bar{S}(s_{j}^{(n)})=S(s_{j}^{(n)},Y_{n})\). By the comparison theorem of impulsive differential equation we get \(S(t,Y_{n})\geq\bar{S}(t)\). By (35) and (37) there is a constant \(\widetilde{T}>0\), independent of n and j, and there exists a positive constant \(T^{*}\), independent of any n and j, such that \(t_{j}^{(n)}s_{j}^{(n)}>T^{*}\). We chose n large enough to make \(t_{j}^{(n)}s_{j}^{(n)}>T^{\ast}+\omega\). By (43) there exists \(T_{1}\geq n_{5}T\) such that \(F(\tilde{p},t)=\tilde {p}I(t)V(t)\leq0\) for \(t\geq T_{1}\).
Finally, from the second equation of model (3) and from (37) and (38) we have
Integrating this inequality, from \(s_{j}^{(n)}+T^{\ast}\) to \(t_{j}^{(n)}\) follows that
where we uses (41). This leads to a contradiction, and so we finally proved that the (40) is true. From \(F(\tilde {p},t)=\tilde{p}I(t)V(t)\leq0\) for \(t\geq T_{1}\) we have
From this and from (40) we know that the RVFV disease in model (3) is uniformly persistent. This completes the proof of Theorem 3.â€ƒâ–¡
Using Corollary 1 given by Teng etÂ al. in [30] on the existence of positive periodic solutions for the general impulsive ordinary differential equation, we have the following theorem on the existence of positive periodic solutions for periodic impulsive model (3).
Theorem 4
Suppose that the conditions of Theorem 3 hold. Then model (3) has at least one positive Tperiodic solution.
5 Numerical simulation and discussion
In this paper, we consider an epidemic model of RVFV with impulsive vaccination strategy. The main purpose is to investigate the impulsive vaccination thats governs whether the RVFV disease dies out or not and further to examine how the impulsive vaccination control strategy affects the prevention and control of RVFV disease. By using the comparison principle, integral and differential inequalities, and analytical methods, some sufficient conditions for the existence and stability of diseasefree periodic solution and for uniform persistence of disease are obtained. Theoretical results show that RVFV disease can be controlled through changing the control parameters of model based on these conditions.
In this section, we perform some numerical simulations to illustrate the main theoretical results and the feasibility of impulsive vaccination control strategy for different control parameters using the RungeKutta method in the software MATLAB. The values of parameters for model (3) are listed in TableÂ 1; we fixed the values of model parameters as follows: \(\Lambda=32{,}000\), \(a=256\), \(p_{r}=7.8750\times10^{3}\), \(p_{m}=6.6406\times10^{3}\), \(\mu=0.12\), \(d=12.0\), \(\gamma=83.0\), and \(\eta=95.0\).
We first choose the following control parameters: vaccination cycle \(T=0.25\) (year) and immune strength \(\phi=0.5\). It is easy to calculate that
by condition (10). Therefore, from Theorem 1 we know that model (3) has a diseasefree periodic solution, which is globally asymptotically stable. The quantities of susceptible ruminants, infectious ruminants, and infectious mosquitoes of model (3) with impulsive vaccination or not are plotted against time in FigureÂ 1(a)(c) with blue lines and red lines, respectively. Further, the plot in FigureÂ 1(d) shows the image of \(\phiT\) with \(\mathcal{R}_{0}=1\), which indicates that model (3) has a diseasefree periodic solution that is globally asymptotically stable in the region \(\Omega_{1}\) for \(\mathcal{R}_{0}<1\). This means that a short period of pulsing or a large pulse vaccination rate is a sufficient condition for the eradication of the RVFV. However, in the region \(\Omega_{2}\) for \(\mathcal{R}_{0}>1\), the dynamical behaviors of model (3) is complex, RVFV may or may not be extinct. These details are discussed in the next numerical simulations.
Next, we choose the control parameters \(\phi=0.2\) and \(T=0.8\) (year); the condition parameter pÌƒ of TheoremÂ 3 is \(\tilde{p}=0.6\), and others parameters are fixed as before. We compute that
and
Obviously, RVFV is uniformly persistent, and model (3) has a positive periodic solution by Theorems 3 andÂ 4. FigureÂ 2(a)(c) show that the numerical solutions of susceptible ruminants, infectious ruminants, and infectious mosquitoes with different initial values. FigureÂ 2(d) shows the uniform persistence of infectious ruminants and infected mosquitoes. These simulations match the theoretical results very well. Theoretical results and numerical simulations show that RVFV is uniformly persistent if the immune strength Ï• is low and vaccination cycle T is too long.
Finally, we consider the complex dynamical behaviors of model (3) when the condition in Theorem 1 hold and the conditions of Theorem 3 are invalid. Choosing the control parameters \(\phi=0.2\), \(T=0.8\), and \(\tilde{p}=2\), we can calculate that \(\mathcal{R}_{0}\approx13.7132>1\), \(\mathcal{R}_{1}\approx183.7155>0\), \(\mathcal{R}_{2}\approx13.7600>0\), but \(H(\tilde{p},t)\approx 175.8473>0\). The quantities of infectious ruminants and infected mosquitoes are plotted in FigureÂ 3(a) andÂ (c); numerical simulations show that RVFV is uniformly persistent. We choose, however, the control parameters \(\phi=0.8\), \(T=0.5\), and \(\tilde{p}=2\), obtaining that \(\mathcal{R}_{0}\approx5.4344>1\), \(\mathcal{R}_{1}\approx24.2621<0\), \(\mathcal{R}_{2}\approx8.6000>0\), and \(H(\tilde{p},t)\approx96.8909<0\). The plots in FigureÂ 3(b) and (d) show that RVFV is died out. These show that the dynamical behaviors of model (3) are complex since the effects of impulsive vaccination strategy. These issues would be left as our future consideration.
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This research has been partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11461067, 11402223, and 11271312). The authors are very grateful to the editor and the anonymous referees for their valuable comments and suggestions, which greatly improved the presentation of this work.
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Yang, CX., Nie, LF. Modelling the use of impulsive vaccination to control Rift Valley Fever virus transmission. Adv Differ Equ 2016, 134 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s1366201608351
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