Global dynamics of a delayed SIRS epidemic model with a wide class of nonlinear incidence rates
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In this paper, by constructing Lyapunov functionals, we consider the global dynamics of an SIRS epidemic model with a wide class of nonlinear incidence rates and distributed delays ∫ h 0 p(τ)f(S(t),I(t- τ))dτ under the condition that the total population converges to 1. By using a technical lemma which is derived from strong condition of strict monotonicity of functions f(S,I) and f(S,I)/I with respect to S≥0 and I>0, we extend the global stability result for an SIR epidemic model if R 0>1, where R 0 is the basic reproduction number. By using a limit system of the model, we also show that the disease-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable if R 0=1. © 2011 Korean Society for Computational and Applied Mathematics.