Epidemiological patterns of Ross River virus disease in Queensland, Australia, 2001-2011

Yu, Weiwei, Mengersen, Kerrie L., Dale, Pat, Mackenzie, John S., Toloo, Ghasem (Sam), Wang, Xiaoyu, & Tong, Shilu (2014) Epidemiological patterns of Ross River virus disease in Queensland, Australia, 2001-2011. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 91(1), pp. 109-118.

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Abstract

Ross River virus (RRV) infection is a debilitating disease which has a significant impact on population health, economic productivity and tourism in Australia. This study examined epidemiological patterns of the RRV disease in Queensland, Australia between January 2001 and December 2011 at a statistical local area level. Spatial-temporal analyses were used to identify the patterns of the disease distribution over time stratified by age, sex and space. The results show that the mean annual incidence was 54 per 100,000 people, with a male: female ratio of 1:1.1. Two space-time clusters were identified: the areas adjacent to Townsville, on the eastern coast of Queensland; and the south east areas. Thus, although public health intervention should be considered across all areas in which RRV occurs, it should specifically focus on these high risk regions, particularly during the summer and autumn to reduce the social and economic impacts of RRV.

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ID Code: 71248
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Articles free to read on journal website after 12 months
DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0455
ISSN: 0002-9637
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Deposited On: 08 May 2014 23:10
Last Modified: 06 May 2015 19:51

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