Agent Based Simulation of Dengue with Wolbachia Intervention

  • Morgan Ferguson Elon University
  • Christa Arangala Elon University
  • Karen Yokley Elon University
  • Michelle Rave Elon University


Dengue fever is primarily an urban disease of the tropics and is caused by one of four virus serotypes (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4). Symptoms of the virus include high fever, muscle and joint pain, and rash. Since dengue is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the spread of the disease can be modeled by both agent-based models and equation-based models. The purpose of this study is to compare an agent-based model built in Netlogo against a more traditional equation-based model. In addition, the emerging preventative measure of injecting mosquitoes with the Wolbachia bacterium is incorporated into each model and further explored. Multiple Wolbachia release strategies are presented.

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Ferguson, M., Arangala, C., Yokley, K., & Rave, M. (2021). Agent Based Simulation of Dengue with Wolbachia Intervention. Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics, 6(1). Retrieved from