Defense Date

2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Mathematical Sciences

First Advisor

David Chan

Abstract

Despite the array of medical advances of our modern day society, infectious diseases still plague millions of people worldwide. Malaria, in particular, causes substantial suffering and death throughout both developed and developing countries. Aside from the socioeconomic challenges presented by the disease's prevalence in impoverished nations, one of the major difficulties scientists have encountered while attempting to eradicate the disease is the parasite's ability to become resistant to new drugs and methods of treatment. In an effort to better understand the dynamics of malaria, we analyze a mathematical model that accounts for both the treatment aspect as well as the drug resistance that accompanies it. Simulations demonstrating the effects of treatment rates and the level of resistance are studied and discussed in hopes of shedding additional light on the characteristics of this devastating epidemic.

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2009

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