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Human Behaviours: A threat to mosquito control?

Dumont Y., Thuilliez J.. 2016. Mathematical Biosciences, 281 : p. 9-23.

DOI: 10.1016/j.mbs.2016.08.011

In this work, we consider a simple theoretical model that enables us to take into account private human decisions that may interfere with public mosquito control. The model reflects the trade-off between perceived costs and observed efficacy. Our theoretical results emphasize that households may reduce their protective behavior in response to mechanical elimination techniques piloted by a public agent, leading to an increase in the total number of mosquitoes in the surrounding environment and generating a barrier for vector-borne diseases control. Our study is sufficiently generic to be applied to different arboviral diseases. It also shows that vector-control models and strategies have to take into account individual behaviors.

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