Mathematical model to assess the control of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes by the sterile insect technique.

Departamento de Matemáticas, Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM 04510 México, D.F., Mexico.
Mathematical Biosciences (Impact Factor: 1.45). 01/2006; 198(2):132-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.mbs.2005.06.004
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