El Niño Southern Oscillation and Ross River Virus Outbreaks in Australia

Kelly-Hope, L. A., Purdie, D. M. and Kay, B. H. (2004) El Niño Southern Oscillation and Ross River Virus Outbreaks in Australia. Vector-borne And Zoonotic Diseases, 4 3: 210-213. doi:10.1089/vbz.2004.4.210

Author Kelly-Hope, L. A.
Purdie, D. M.
Kay, B. H.
Title El Niño Southern Oscillation and Ross River Virus Outbreaks in Australia
Journal name Vector-borne And Zoonotic Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1530-3667
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/vbz.2004.4.210
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page 210
End page 213
Total pages 4
Editor S. Higgs
Place of publication United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
321010 Infectious Diseases
730212 Disease distribution and transmission
Abstract Various authors have suggested a general predictive value of climatic indices of El Nino/Southem Oscillation events as indicators of outbreaks of arbovirus disease, particularly Ross River virus in Australia. By analyzing over 100 years of historical outbreak data on Ross River virus disease, our data indicate that, although high Southern Oscillation Index and La Nina conditions are potentially important predictors for the Murray Darling River region, this is not the case for the other four ecological zones in Australia. Our study, therefore, cautions against overgeneralization and suggests that, since climate and weather exert different influences and have different biological implications for the multiplicity of vectors involved, it is logical that predictors should be heterogeneous.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Infectious Diseases
Ross River Virus Disease
El Nino Southern Oscillation
La Nina
Mosquito Vectors
Q-Index Code C1

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