Journal Article Outbreaks in susceptible-infected-removed epidemics with multiple seeds

Hasegawa, Takehisa  ,  Nemoto, Koji

93 ( 3 )  , p.032324 , 2016-03-31 , American Physical Society (APS)
We study a susceptible-infected-removed (SIR) model with multiple seeds on a regular random graph. Many researchers have studied the epidemic threshold of epidemic models above which a global outbreak can occur, starting from an infinitesimal fraction of seeds. However, there have been few studies of epidemic models with finite fractions of seeds. The aim of this paper is to clarify what happens in phase transitions in such cases. The SIR model in networks exhibits two percolation transitions. We derive the percolation transition points for the SIR model with multiple seeds to show that as the infection rate increases epidemic clusters generated from each seed percolate before a single seed can induce a global outbreak.

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