Ross River virus disease activity associated with naturally occurring non-tidal flood events in Australia : A systematic review

Tall, Julie A., Gatton, Michelle L., & Tong, Shilu (2014) Ross River virus disease activity associated with naturally occurring non-tidal flood events in Australia : A systematic review. Journal of Medical Entomology, 51(6), pp. 1097-1108.

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Ross River virus (RRV) disease is the most common and widespread mosquito-borne disease in Australia, resulting in considerable health and economic cost to communities. While naturally occurring non-tidal flood events may enhance mosquito abundance, little is known about the impact of such events on RRV transmission. This paper critically reviews the existing evidence for an association between naturally occurring non-tidal flood events and RRV transmission. A systematic literature search was conducted on RRV transmission related to flooding and inundation from rain and riverine overflow. Overall, the evidence to support a positive association between flooding and RRV outbreaks is largely circumstantial, with the literature mostly reporting only coincidental occurrence between the two. However, for the Murray River, river flow and height (surrogates of flooding) were positively and significantly associated with RRV transmission. The association between non-tidal flooding and RRV transmission has not been studied comprehensively. More frequent flood events arising from climate change may result in increased outbreaks of RRV disease. Understanding the link between flood events and RRV transmission is necessary if resources for mosquito spraying and public health warnings are to be utilized more effectively and efficiently.

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ID Code: 79461
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ross River virus, flood, non-tidal, outbreak, transmission
DOI: 10.1603/ME14007
ISSN: 1938-2928
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Entomological Society of America
Copyright Statement: This article is the copyright property of the Entomological Society of America and may not be used for any commercial or other private purpose without specific written permission of the Entomological Society of America.
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2014 23:37
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 18:34

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