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Table 1 Variable and parameter descriptions for the MRSA model (1) per day

From: Transmission dynamics for Methicilin-resistant Staphalococous areus with injection drug user

Variable

Description

U N ,U L ,U H

Population of uncolonized non-IDUs, low-risk IDUs, and high-risk IDUs

C N ,C L ,C H

Population of colonized non-IDUs, low-risk IDUs, and high-risk IDUs

I N ,I L ,I H

Population of infected non-IDUs, low-risk IDUs, and high-risk IDUs

Parameter

Description

π N , π L , π H

Natural birth rate

β N ,β L ,β H

Transmission probability per contact with colonized or infected population

σ N ,σ L ,σ H

Progression rate of colonized population

γ N ,γ L ,γ H

Recovery rate of infected population

τ N , τ L , τ H

Decolonization rate of colonized population

ω N ,ω L ,ω H

Increased IDU risk behavior

α N ,α L ,α H

Decreased IDU risk behavior

μ

Natural death rate

δ N ,δ L ,δ H

Death rate due to disease