Lyapunov functional techniques for the global stability analysis of a delayed SIRS epidemic model
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In this paper, we study the global dynamics of a delayed SIRS epidemic model for transmission of disease with a class of nonlinear incidence rates of the form βS(t)∫ 0 hf(τ)G(I(t-τ))dτ. Applying Lyapunov functional techniques in the recent paper [Y. Nakata, Y. Enatsu, Y. Muroya, On the global stability of an SIRS epidemic model with distributed delays, Discrete Contin. Dyn. Syst. Supplement (2011) 11191128], we establish sufficient conditions of the rate of immunity loss for the global asymptotic stability of an endemic equilibrium for the model. In particular, we offer a unified construction of Lyapunov functionals for both cases of R 0 ≤ 1 and R 0 > 1, where R 0 is the basic reproduction number. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.