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Environmental Health and Disease Control: Towards an Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health, Well-Being and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2024) | Viewed by 1546

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Systems Department, LGP/ENIT 47, Avenue d’Azereix, 65000 Tarbes, France
Interests: AI for system monitoring; data mining; anomaly detection and diagnosis; water quality

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IMT Nord Europe CERI SN (site Douai Bourseul), 941 rue Charles Bourseul, 59508 Douai, France
Interests: reactive control strategies; environmental systems; large-scale systems; hydrographical systems; supervision and prognosis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human well-being and environmental health are widely recognized as being closely linked, which necessitates going beyond traditional public policies and environment protection. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic reminded us that to survive, humanity must think and act in terms of the interrelationships between human and environmental health. Emerging diseases caused by issues such as climate change, the contamination of animals and water, high exposure to chemicals and pesticides, and antibiotic resistance are major concerns that require an integrated vision of our planet’s health. Recent advances in research have shown that it is possible to utilize new technologies to monitor environments in order to better understand the dynamics of factors that impact human health, and to model them in order to reproduce these dynamics and predict their evolution. This makes it possible to locate their sources and to implement management or control strategies to reduce their impact on both human and environment health.

Yet, research must still be conducted to improve current solutions, especially through the cross-fertilization of results from data- and model-driven approaches for efficient disease control.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to):

  • Mathematical modeling of epidemics;
  • Impact of mobility on disease spread;
  • Wastewater-based approaches;
  • Disease control;
  • Flood prevention;
  • Hydrological systems;
  • Water quality;
  • Simulation;
  • Data-driven methods.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Raymond Houé Ngouna
Prof. Dr. Eric Duviella
Guest Editors

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  • environment health
  • one health
  • disease control
  • mathematical modeling
  • optimal control
  • simulation
  • data mining
  • climate change

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Gaining Profound Knowledge of Cholera Outbreak: The Significance of the Allee Effect on Bacterial Population Growth and Its Implications for Human-Environment Health
by Gabriel Kolaye Guilsou, Moulay-Ahmed Aziz-Alaoui, Raymond Houé Ngouna, Bernard Archimede and Samuel Bowong
Sustainability 2023, 15(13), 10384; - 30 Jun 2023
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Cholera is a bacterial disease that is commonly transmitted through contaminated water, leading to severe diarrhea and rapid dehydration that can prove fatal if left untreated. The complexity of the disease spread arises from the convergence of several distinct and interrelated factors, which [...] Read more.
Cholera is a bacterial disease that is commonly transmitted through contaminated water, leading to severe diarrhea and rapid dehydration that can prove fatal if left untreated. The complexity of the disease spread arises from the convergence of several distinct and interrelated factors, which previous research has often failed to consider. A significant scientific limitation of the existing literature is the simplistic assumption of linear or logistic dynamics of the disease spread, thereby impeding a thorough assessment of the effectiveness of control strategies. Since environmental factors are the most influential determinant of Vibrio bacterial growth in nature and are responsible for the resurgence, propagation, and disappearance of cholera epidemics, we have proposed a S-I-R-S model that combines bacterial dynamics with the Allee effect. This model takes into account the environmental influence and allows for a better understanding of the disease dynamics. Our results have revealed the phenomenon of bi-stability, with backward and forward bifurcation. Furthermore, our findings have demonstrated that the Allee effect provides a robust framework for characterizing fluctuations in bacterial populations and the onset of cholera outbreaks. This framework can be used for assessing the effectiveness of control strategies, including regular environmental sanitation programs, adherence to hygiene protocols, and monitoring of unfavorable weather conditions. Full article
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