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Exploratory spatial analysis of social and environmental factors associated with the incidence of Ross River Virus in Brisbane, Australia

Hu, WenBiao, Tong, Shilu, Mengersen, Kerrie L., & Oldenberg, Brian (2007) Exploratory spatial analysis of social and environmental factors associated with the incidence of Ross River Virus in Brisbane, Australia. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygeine, 76(5), pp. 1-5.

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Abstract

We used geographic information systems and a spatial analysis approach to explore the pattern of Ross River virus (RRV) incidence in Brisbane, Australia. Climate, vegetation and socioeconomic data in 2001 were obtained from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Brisbane City Council and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, respectively. Information on the RRV cases was obtained from the Queensland Department of Health. Spatial and multiple negative binomial regression models were used to identify the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of RRV transmission. The results show that RRV activity was primarily concentrated in the northeastern, northwestern, and southeastern regions in Brisbane. Multiple negative binomial regression models showed that the spatial pattern of RRV disease in Brisbane seemed to be determined by a combination of local ecologic, socioeconomic, and environmental factors.

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ID Code: 26065
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Spatial analysis, Environmental factors, Ross river virus, Social factors
ISSN: 0002-9637
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > IMMUNOLOGY (110700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2009 10:41
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 16:06

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