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Stability analysis of hepatitis B virus model with incomplete immunization of HepB vaccine.

1. Introduction

Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and is a major global health problem. According to the data of World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2,000 million people have been infected with HBV and about 350 million remain infected chronically. Every year there are over 4 million acute clinical cases of HBV and about 25% of carriers. Hepatitis B causes about 1 million people to die from chronic active hepatitis, cirrhosis, or primary liver cancer annually [1].

The transmission of HBV occurs normally on contact with infected blood or body fluids. In high prevalence populations, transmission is largely vertical, that is, through mother to child during delivery or horizontal through household contact as skin breaches, open sores, or scratches in the early years of life. In contrast, HBV transmission in low endemicity populations typically occurs in adults via parenteral exposures and intravenous drug use or through sexual contact [2]. It can cause acute and chronic infection status. In acute infection status the individuals have highly infectiousness, and about 90% of adults who are infected with HBV will recover and be completely rid of the virus within six months. The rest of acute infectors turn into chronic infectors and acute hepatitis B occurs rarely in infants. The major routes of chronic hepatitis B infection are mother-infant vertical transmission and early childhood horizontal transmission [3]. Only a small fraction of chronic infectors could be cured completely [4]. Continuous chronic HBV infection exhibits various kinds of clinical symptoms, such as hepatocirrhosis and even hepatocellular carcinoma [5].

Vaccination is an effective control measures for HBV infection, an universal vaccination programme promoted in more than 170 countries since 1982 [6]. In New Zealand, the widespread introduction of infant hepatitis B vaccination in 1988 led to a dramatic decline in cases of acute HBV infection [7]. From 2002, the Ministry of Health of China integrated the infant HepB vaccination into the national immunization program with vaccine provided entirely by the government. According to 2006-2010 hepatitis B control program, China will consistently strengthen the general newborn hepatitis B vaccination and especially supply the first dose of 3-dose HepB series as soon as possible after birth [8].

Mathematical models have been used frequently to study the transmission dynamics of HBV, and qualitative results on such models can be found. Anderson and May first used a simple mathematical model to illustrate the effects of carriers on the transmission of HBV [9]. Thornley et al. [10] develop a hepatitis B mathematical model, proposed by Medley et al. [11], that was used to develop a strategy for eliminating the HBV spread in New Zealand in 2008. Zou et al. also proposed a mathematical model to understand the transmission dynamics and prevalence of HBV in mainland China [12]. Pang et al. [13] develop a model to explore the impact of vaccination and other controlling measures of HBV infection and a mathematical model which describes the spread of HBV is formulated in [14]. Zou et al. [15] promote an age structure model to predict the dynamics of HBV transmission and evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the vaccination programme in China. Wang et al. proposed and analyzed the hepatitis B virus infection in a diffusion model confined to a finite domain [16]. A hepatitis B virus (HBV) model with spatial diffusion and saturation response of the infection rate is investigated by Xu and Ma [17]. Transmission model of hepatitis B virus with the migration effect is presented by Khan et al. [18] who analyzed the effect of immigrants in the model to study the effect of immigrants for the host population.

In the above literatures, most models involving HepB vaccine strategy often assumed that the vaccine is completely effective in preventing the infection of vaccinated individuals. In fact, it is well known to all that the HepB vaccine should be taken in three doses at 0, 1, and 6 months. Usually 3050% of individuals will gain anti-HBs antibody after the first dose, 80-90% will gain after the second dose, and almost all the individuals will have high anti-HBs concentrations one month after the last dose that 99.8% of vaccinees gained anti-HBs antibody [19]. So, as soon as the susceptible individuals begin the vaccination process, they are different from susceptible individuals. But they should also be distinguished from recovered individuals who have immunity against the disease. It means that a few of vaccinated individuals may still be susceptible to infection, but they will be infected at a lower rate than unvaccinated susceptible individuals. Epidemic models including incomplete immune compartment V have been studied in [20-24], but the HBV transmission with the incomplete HepB vaccine immune is rarely considered.

Motivated by the above consideration, and based on the natural course of HBV infection, we promote a novel model to describe the transition dynamic of HBV. It is more reasonable to consider the impulsive vaccination strategy for the susceptible individuals; there are fewer literatures that researched HBV infection with impulsive vaccination already [25, 26]. We also consider the incomplete immune compartment in our model.

The remaining parts of this paper are organized as follows. In Section 2, we formulate the model. In Section 3, we study the global asymptotic stability of disease-free periodic solution and the conditions for the permanence of the disease by comparison techniques. Numerical simulations are presented in Section 4. In Section 5, we conclude this paper with some remarks.

2. Modeling

Based on the fact that HepB vaccination is not completely effective, we improve the model of Zou et al. [12] in three aspects. Firstly, we considered that vaccinated individuals may still be susceptible to infection. Secondly, we studied impulsive vaccination strategy for the susceptible individuals. Finally, we add a latent period [tau]. We divide the population into six epidemiological groups: the susceptible individuals to infection S; latently infected L; those acute infectors [I.sub.1]; chronic sufferers [I.sub.2]; and recovered R; V denotes the density of vaccinees who have begun the vaccination process. The individuals in V are different from those in S and R; the immune system will create antibody of HBV because vaccination doses are taken during this process, but it may not be in a fully protective level. According to the characteristics of HBV transmission, the flow diagram is shown in Figure 1.

The mathematical model of the transmission dynamics and prevalence of HBV is as follows:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (1)

In these equations, all the parameters are nonnegative. [mu] is the per capita natural death rate and the birth rate of newborns, and [[mu].sub.1] is the per capita disease-induced death rate. [beta] is the transmission coefficient of acute HBV, and [epsilon][beta] is the reduced transmission coefficient of chronic HBV. [omega] is the proportion of births without successful vaccination. [[gamma].sub.1] is the rate at which individuals leave the acute infection class; a proportion q of acute infection individuals become chronic carriers and other proportion (1-q) rid of HBV, move directly to immunity class R. [[gamma].sub.2] is the recovery conversion rate of chronic infectors. v is the proportion of unimmunized children born to chronic carrier mothers who have been infected (ignore perinatal infection of children born to mothers with acute infection). That [mu][omega]v[I.sub.2] denotes newborns who have been infected in perinatal infection and in chronic infection compartment, the rest [mu][omega](1 - v[I.sub.2]) newborns become susceptible individuals.

The factor [theta] (0 < [theta] < 1) reflects the efficacy of vaccine, which means that the vaccine is not completely effective and that the vaccinated individuals have only partial immunity. For the vaccinated individuals, let [phi] denote the per capita rate coefficient at which the immunity wears off, which implies that the vaccinated individuals have the temporary immunity. p (0 < p < 1) is the fraction of impulsive vaccination, and t is latent period. The period of vaccination is T, and the vaccination is dose at time t = nT, n [member of] N = {1, 2, 3, ...}.

Since the equations for the variables L and R in model (1) are both independent of other equations, then the dynamical behavior of (1) is determined by the following system:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (2)

The initial conditions for system (2) take the forms

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (3)

For (S + [I.sub.1] + [I.sub.2] + V)' [less than or equal to] [mu] [1 - (S + [I.sub.1] + [I.sub.2] + V)] it follows that [sup.sub.t[right arrow][infinity]] (S + [I.sub.1] +[I.sub.2] + V) [less than or equal to] 1. Set [OMEGA] = {(S + [I.sub.1] + [I.sub.2] + V) [member of] [R.sup.4.sub.+] : S + [I.sub.1] + [I.sub.2] + V [less than or equal to] 1} is positively invariant of system (2).

Subsequently, we introduce the following lemma, which is useful for the later proof.

Lemma 1. Consider the following impulsive differential equation:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (4)

Then the above system has a unique positive periodic solution given by

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (5)

Consider that nT < t [less than or equal to] (n + 1)T, which is globally asymptotically stable, where

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (6)

Proof. It is easy to obtain the analytical solution of (4) between pulses as follows:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (7)

Furthermore, after each successive pulse, we can deduce the following stroboscopic map:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (8)

Denote [x.sub.n] = S(n[T.sup.+]), [y.sub.n] = V(n[T.sup.+]); then we have the following equations:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (9)

The unique positive fixed point is ([x.sup.*], [y.sup.*]), where

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (10)

So, (4) has a unique period solution with initial values of S([0.sup.+]) = [x.sup.*], V([0.sup.+]) = [y.sup.*].

In the following we prove the global stability of the period solution, and it suffices to prove the global stability of the fixed point ([x.sup.*], [y.sup.*]). The proof is similar to the proof of Lemma 2.1 in [22], so we omit the subsequent proof.

Lemma 2 (see [27]). Assume that the sequence {[t.sub.k]} satisfies 0 [less than or equal to] [t.sub.0] < [t.sub.1] < [t.sub.2] ... with [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. Let f(t, x) : [R.sub.+] [right arrow] [R.sup.n] be quasi-monotone nondecreasing in xfor each t, and [[psi].sub.k](u) [member of] C[[R.sup.n], [R.sup.n]] is nondecreasing in ufor k = 1, 2, .... Suppose that u(t), v(t) [member of] PC([[t.sub.0], [infinity]], [R.sup.n]) satisfy

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (11)

Then [u.sub.0] [less than or equal to] [v.sub.0] implies that u(t) [less than or equal to] v(t) for t [greater than or equal to] [t.sub.0].

Lemma 3 (see [28]). Consider the following equation: u (t) = [a.sub.1]u(t - [tau]) - [a.sub.2]u(t), where [a.sub.1] > 0, [a.sub.2] > 0, [tau] > 0, and u(t) > 0 for -[tau] [less than or equal to] t [less than or equal to] 0. We have

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (12)

3. Stability and Persistence

3.1. Global Stability of the Disease-Free Periodic Solution. Now we will prove the disease-free periodic solution ([??](t), 0, 0, [??](t)) is locally stable and globally attractive. We first demonstrate the existence of the disease-free periodic solution, in which infectious individuals are entirely absent from the population permanently; that is, [I.sub.1](t) [equivalent to] 0 and [I.sub.2](t) [equivalent to] 0 for all t > 0. Under this condition, the growth of susceptible individuals must satisfy

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (13)

By Lemma 1, we obtain the periodic solution of system (13):

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], (14)

where

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (15)

is globally asymptotically stable. Hence, the system (2) has a disease-free periodic solution ([??](7), 0, 0, [??](7)).

Denote

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (16)

Theorem 4. Let (S(t), [I.sub.1](t), [I.sub.2](t), V(t)) be any solution of (2); then tfoe disease-free periodic solution ([??](t), 0, 0, [??](t)) is globally asymptotically stable provided that [R.sub.1] < 1 and [R.sub.2] < 1.

Proof. Since [R.sub.1] < 1 and [R.sub.2] < 1, we can choose [[epsilon].sub.1] > 0 sufficiently small such that

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], (17)

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (18)

From the equations of system (2), we have S'(t) < [mu][omega] - [mu]S + [phi]V and V'(t) < [mu](1 - [omega]) - ([mu] + [phi])V; then we consider the following comparison system with pulse:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (19)

In view of Lemma 1, we obtain

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], (20)

where

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (21)

By Lemma 2 there exists an integer [k.sub.1], such that

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (22)

Furthermore, from the second and third equations, we have

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], (23)

for t [not equal to] nT, n > [k.sub.1]. Then, according to (17) and Lemma 3, we have [I'.sub.1] (t) + [I'.sub.2] (t) [less than or equal to] 0. So, [lim.sub.k[right arrow][infinity]]([I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t)) = 0; there must exist an integer [k.sub.2] > [k.sub.1], such that [I.sub.1](t) < [[epsilon].sub.2], [I.sub.2](t) < [[epsilon].sub.3] for all t > [k.sub.2]T.

When 7 > [k.sub.2]T, from the first equation of system (2), we have

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (24)

Consider the following comparison impulsive differential equation for all t > [k.sub.2]T:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (25)

By Lemma 1, we have the unique periodic solution of system (25) given by

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], (26)

where

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (27)

By comparison theorem, there exists an integer [k.sub.3] > [k.sub.2] such that

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (28)

Because [[epsilon].sub.1], [[epsilon].sub.2], [[epsilon].sub.3], and [[epsilon].sub.4] are sufficiently small, it follows from (22) and (28) that [lim.sub.t[right arrow][infinity]] S(t) = [S.sup.*](t), [lim.sub.t[right arrow][infinity]] V(t) = [V.sup.*](t). Therefore, the disease-free solution ([??](t), 0, 0, [??](t)) of system (2) is globally attractive. The proof is completed.

Theorem 4 determines the global attractiveness of (2) in [OMEGA] for the cases [R.sub.1] < 1 and [R.sub.2] < 1. Its epidemiological implication is that the infectious population vanishes in time so the disease dies out.

3.2. Persistence. In this section we say the disease is endemic if the infectious population persists above a certain positive level for sufficiently large time. The endemicity of the disease can be well captured and studied through the notion of uniform persistence.

Definition 5. System (2) is said to be uniformly persistent if there exist positive constants [M.sub.i] [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.i], i = 1, 2, 3 (both are independent of the initial values), such that every solution (S(t), [I.sub.1](t), [I.sub.2](t),V(t)) with positive initial conditions of system (2) satisfies

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (29)

Theorem 6. If [R.sub.1] > 1 and [R.sub.2] > 1, then there is a positive constant [m.sub.I] such that each positive solution ([I.sub.1](t), [I.sub.2](t)) of system (2) satisfies [I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2] [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.2] for all t sufficiently large.

Proof. Let (S(t), [I.sub.1](t), [I.sub.2](t), V(t)) be any solution with initial values of system (2); then it is obvious that S(t) [less than or equal to] 1, [I.sub.1] (t) [less than or equal to] 1, [I.sub.2](t) [less than or equal to] 1, and V(t) [less than or equal to] 1 for all t > 0. We are left to prove that there exist positive constants [m.sub.S], [m.sub.I], [m.sub.V], and [t.sub.0] ([t.sub.0] is sufficiently large) such that S(t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.S], [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2] [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.I], and V(t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.V] for all t > [t.sub.0].

Firstly, from the first equation of system (2), we have

S' (t) > [mu][omega] (1 - v) - ([mu] + [beta] + [epsilon][beta]) S + [phi]V,

V' (t) > [mu] (1 - [omega]) - ([mu] + [phi] + [theta] ([beta] + [epsilon][beta])) V. (30)

Consider the following comparison equations:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (31)

By Lemma 1 and the comparison theorem there exist [u.sup.*.sub.1], [u.sup.*.sub.2]; we know that for any sufficiently small [[epsilon].sub.0] > 0, there exists a [t.sub.0] ([t.sub.0] is sufficiently large) such that

S (t) [greater than or equal to] [u.sub.1] (t) > [u.sup.*.sub.1] (t) - [[epsilon].sub.0] = [m.sub.S] > 0,

V (t) [greater than or equal to] [u.sub.2] (t) > [u.sup.*.sub.2] (t) - [[epsilon].sub.0] = [m.sub.V] > 0. (32)

Next, we will prove that there exist [m.sub.I > 0 and a sufficiently large [t.sub.0] such that [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.I] for all t > [t.sub.0].

Since [R.sub.1] > 1 and [R.sub.2] > 1, there exist [m.sup.*.sub.I] > 0 and [bar.[epsilon]] > 0 sufficiently small such that

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], (33)

where [[eta].sub.1] and [[eta].sub.2] are as in 38).

We claim that for any [t.sub.0] > 0, it is impossible that [I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2](t) < [m.sup.*.sub.I] for all t [greater than or equal to] [t.sub.0]. Suppose that the claim is not valid.

There exists a [t.sub.0] > 0 such that [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) < [m.sup.*.sub.I] for all t [greater than or equal to] [t.sub.0]. It follows from the first and fourth equations of system (2) that for t [greater than or equal to] [t.sub.0],

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (34)

Consider the comparison impulsive system for t [greater than or equal to] [t.sub.0]:

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (35)

According to Lemma 1, 35) have unique periodic solution

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], (36)

where

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (37)

So there exists [T.sub.1] > [t.sub.0] such that

S (t) > [[??].sub.3](t) - [bar.[epsilon]] = [[eta].sub.1],

V (t) > [[??].sub.4] (t) - [bar.[epsilon]] = [[eta].sub.2],

for all t > [T.sub.1].

We denote

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. (39)

From (2), we have

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (40)

for t > [T.sub.1].

From (33), we obtain [PI]'(t) > 0, for t > [T.sub.1], which implies that [PI](t) [right arrow] [infinity], t [right arrow] [infinity]. This is contrary to the fact that [PI](t) is bounded. Hence, there exists a [t.sub.1] > 0 such that [I.sub.1] ([t.sub.1]) + [I.sub.2]([t.sub.1]) [greater than or equal to] [m.sup.*.sub.I].

Next we prove that there exists a [m.sub.I] such that any positive solution of (2) satisfies [lim.sub.t[right arrow][infinity]] inf [I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2](t) > [m.sub.I].

Define

[m.sub.I] = min {[m.sup.*.sub.I]/2, [q.sub.1]}, [q.sub.1] = [m.sup.*.sub.I] [e.sup.-[LAMBDA][tau]], (41)

where [LAMBDA] = max{[mu] + (1 - q)[[gamma].sub.1], (1 - [omega]v)[mu] + [[mu].sub.1] + [[gamma].sub.2]}.

First, if [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) > [m.sup.*.sub.I] for all t > [t.sub.1], then our aim is obtained.

Second [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) oscillates about [m.sup.*.sub.I] for all large t; setting [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], there are two possible cases for [t.sup.*].

We hope to show that [I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2](t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.I] for all large t. The conclusion is evident in the first case. For the second case, let [t.sup.*] > 0 and [rho] > 0 satisfy [I.sub.1]([t.sup.*]) + [I.sub.2]([t.sup.*]) = [I.sub.1]([t.sup.*] + [rho]) + [I.sub.2]([t.sup.*] + [rho]) = [m.sup.*.sub.I], and [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) < [m.sup.*.sub.I], S(t) > [eta] for [t.sup.*] < t < [t.sup.*] + [rho]. Therefore, it is certain that there exists a g (0 < g < [tau]) such that

[I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2] (t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sup.*.sub.I] for [t.sup.*] < t < [t.sup.*] + g. (42)

In this case, we will discuss three possible cases in terms of the sizes of g, [rho], and [tau].

Case I. If [rho] [less than or equal to] g < [tau], then [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sup.*.sub.I]/2 for [t.sup.*] < t < [t.sup.*] + [rho].

Case II. If g [less than or equal to] [rho] [less than or equal to] [tau], then from equations of system 2), we can deduce [I'.sub.1] (t) + [I'.sub.2] (t) > -[LAMBDA]I(t), where [LAMBDA] = max{[mu] + (1 - q) [[delta].sub.1], (1 - [omega]v)[mu] + [[mu].sub.1] + [[gamma].sub.2]} for t [member of] [[t.sup.*], [t.sup.*] + [tau]] and [I.sub.1]([t.sup.*]) + [I.sub.2]([t.sup.*]) = [m.sup.*.sub.I]; it is obvious that [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) [greater than or equal to] [q.sub.1] for [t.sup.*] < t < [t.sup.*] + g.

Case III. If g [less than or equal to] T [less than or equal to] [rho], we will consider the following two cases, respectively.

Case IIIa. For [t.sup.*] < t < [t.sup.*] + [tau], it is easy to obtain [I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2] (t) > [q.sub.1].

Case IIIb. For [t.sup.*] + [tau] < t < [t.sup.*] + [rho], it is easy to obtain [I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2](t) > [q.sub.1]. Then, proceeding exactly as the proof for the above claim, we see that [I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2](t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.I] for [t.sup.*] + [tau] < t < [t.sup.*] + [rho]. Since this kind of interval [[t.sup.*], [t.sup.*] +[rho]] is chosen in an arbitrary way (we only need [t.sup.*] to be large), we conclude that [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.I] for all large t in the second case. In view of our above discussions, the choices of are independent of the positive solution, and we have proved that any positive solution of (2) satisfies [I.sub.1](t) + [I.sub.2](t) [greater than or equal to] [m.sub.I] for all large f. The proof is completed.

4. Numerical Simulations

In this section, we present some numerical simulations to demonstrate the transmission dynamic of HBV. According to the natural history of HBV transmission and prior research [10,12], we set some parameter values of the model: [mu] = 0.1; v = 0.1; [phi] = 0.1; [beta] = 3; [epsilon] = 0.016; [[gamma].sub.2] = 0.025; [[mu].sub.1] = 0.28; [tau] = 10; [omega] = 0.2; q = 0.4; [[gamma].sub.1] = 0.4; [theta] = 0.3; p = 0.6. And we choose [theta] = 0.1, 0.3, respectively; the number of susceptible individuals, latently infected, acute infectors and chronic sufferers are seen in Figure 2. It is easy to see that the lower of [theta] (the higher of vaccine efficacy) the fewer of the number of infected individuals. So, knowing the efficacy of HBV vaccine is necessary for the extinct of disease.

In order to find better control strategies for HBV infection, we would like to see what parameters can affect the change of the acute infectors number. From Figure 3(a) we can see that the increase of p and decrease of [theta] will make the number of acute infectors lower. If [theta] is higher, that is to say, the efficacy of vaccination is lower, higher vaccination cannot keep the disease extinct. So, to control the disease spread, knowing the vaccine efficacy is important.

In Figure 3(b) we plot the number of acute infectors which change with parameters [theta] and [[gamma].sub.1]. We can see that with the increase of [[gamma].sub.1] the number of acute infectors decreases even if the efficacy of vaccination is lower. That is to say, take measures to cure the acute infectors in time is a necessary method to decrease the number of acute infectors. So, doing check regularly and treatment at early time are necessary. In Figure 3(c) we find not only the increase of [[gamma].sub.1] but also the parameter q has effect on the number of acute infections; the higher the acute individuals treatment rate, the lower the number of acute infections.

In Figure 3(d), we detect that the decrease of [theta] and [omega] will make the number of infected individuals lower. So successful immunization of both newborns and susceptible individuals is an efficient intervention strategy. The optimal control strategy will be a combination of improving the vaccine efficacy, increasing the immunization of newborns and susceptible individuals, and increasing the treatment to the acute infected individuals.

5. Conclusion

Hepatitis B virus is highly prevalent in many countries of the world; we promote a new epidemic model based on the spread characters of the HBV, and consider the fact that the HepB vaccine is incomplete immunization in the vaccination process. Our model is more approach to the realistic problem and different from [13, 14]. Moreover, the methods in disposing the model are different from the existing results because more factors are considered. We find when [R.sub.1] < 1 and [R.sub.2] < 1; the disease-free periodic solution is globally attractive; if [R.sub.1] > 1 and [R.sub.2] > 1, the disease is permanent by using the comparison theorem of impulsive differential equation. By some simulation experiments, Figures 2 and 3 show some effects of parameters on the number of acute individuals and provides an optimal control strategy for the HBV transmission.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/427639

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgment

The work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 1124319).

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Yan Cheng, (1,2) Qiuhui Pan, (1,3) and Mingfeng He (1)

(1) School of Mathematical Sciences, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China

(2) Department of Mathematics, Tonghua Normal University, Tonghua 136000, China

(3) School of Innovation Experiment, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Mingfeng He; mfhe@dlut.edu.cn

Received 25 March 2014; Accepted 19 May 2014; Published 12 June 2014

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