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Insects 2013, 4(4), 683-693; doi:10.3390/insects4040683

A Mathematic Model That Describes Modes of MdSGHV Transmission within House Fly Populations

1 Department of Mathematics, University of Florida, 358 Little Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA 2 Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, USDA, ARS, 1600 SW 23rd Drive, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA 3 Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida, 970 Natural Area Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Received: 31 August 2013 / Revised: 6 November 2013 / Accepted: 11 November 2013 / Published: 20 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers 2013)
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In this paper it is proposed that one potential component by which the Musca domestica salivary gland hypertrophy virus (MdSGHV) infects individual flies is through cuticular damage. Breaks in the cuticle allow entry of the virus into the hemocoel causing the infection. Male flies typically have a higher rate of infection and a higher rate of cuticular damage than females. A model for the transmission of MdSGHV was formulated assuming several potential and recognized means of transmission. The model yields results that are in agreement with field data that measured the infection rate in house flies on dairy farms in Florida. The results from this model indicate that MdSGHV will be maintained at a stable rate within house fly populations and support the future use of MdSGHV as a birth control agent in house fly management.
Keywords: Insect virus; salivary gland hypertrophy; disease transmission; differential equations Insect virus; salivary gland hypertrophy; disease transmission; differential equations
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Vallejo, C.R.; Lee, J.A.; Keesling, J.E.; Geden, C.J.; Lietze, V.-U.; Boucias, D.G. A Mathematic Model That Describes Modes of MdSGHV Transmission within House Fly Populations. Insects 2013, 4, 683-693.

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