Climatic, Reservoir and Occupational Variables and the Transmission of Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome in China

Bi, Peng, Donald, Ken, Ni, Jiafa, Parton, Kevin, & Tong, Shilu (2002) Climatic, Reservoir and Occupational Variables and the Transmission of Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome in China. International Journal of Epidemiology, 31, pp. 189-193.

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Background Being a zoonosis, the transmission of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is influenced by climatic, reservoir and occupational factors. This paper has quantified the incidence and potential risk factors of HFRS in Yingshang County, a low-lying epidemic focus of the disease in China.

Methods Correlation and regression analyses were conducted among climatic variables, the density of mice, autumn crop production and annual incidence of HFRS during the autumn-winter seasons in the County over the period 1980–1996.

Results Rainfall (r = –0.63, P = 0.009), the density of mice (r = 0.90, P = 0.000) and autumn crop production (r = 0.67, P = 0.01) were statistically correlated with the incidence of HFRS. Multiple regression analysis indicated that these factors are potential predictors for HFRS transmission.

Conclusions Rainfall, the density of mice and autumn crop production could be used as predictors of HFRS transmission in low-lying epidemic foci.

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ID Code: 23356
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Articles free to read on journal website after 12 months
DOI: 10.1093/ije/31.1.189
ISSN: 0300-5771
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 13:51
Last Modified: 17 May 2017 22:48

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