Epidemiologic patterns of Ross River Virus disease in Queensland, Australia, 2001-2011

Yu, Weiwei, Mengersen, Kerrie, Dale, Pat, Mackenzie, John S., Toloo, Ghasem (Sam), Wang, Xiaoyu and Tong, Shilu (2014) Epidemiologic patterns of Ross River Virus disease in Queensland, Australia, 2001-2011. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 91 1: 109-118. doi:10.4269/ajtmh.13-0455


Author Yu, Weiwei
Mengersen, Kerrie
Dale, Pat
Mackenzie, John S.
Toloo, Ghasem (Sam)
Wang, Xiaoyu
Tong, Shilu
Title Epidemiologic patterns of Ross River Virus disease in Queensland, Australia, 2001-2011
Journal name American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9637
1476-1645
Publication date 2014-07
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0455
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 91
Issue 1
Start page 109
End page 118
Total pages 10
Place of publication Deerfield, IL United States
Publisher American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Ross River virus (RRV) infection is a debilitating disease that has a significant impact on population health, economic productivity, and tourism in Australia. This study examined epidemiologic patterns of RRV disease in Queensland, Australia, during January 2001-December 2011 at a statistical local area level. Spatio-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 persons, 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 southeast areas. Thus, although public health intervention should be considered across all areas in which RRV occurs, it should specifically focus on high-risk regions, particularly during summer and autumn to reduce the social and economic impacts of RRV infection. Copyright
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