Climate Variability and the transmission of Ross River virus infection in coastal regions of Queensland, Australia

Peng Bi, Kevin Parton, Ken Donald

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Abstract

To determine the impact of climate on the transmission of Ross River (RR) virus, an historical data analysis was conducted in the coastal regions of Queensland over the period 1985-96. The results show that temperatures, rainfall and high tides are possible contributors to the transmission of RR virus in these regions, with a lagged effect of zero to three months. This suggested that climate variations might play acertain role in RR virus infection and attention should be paid to preventative measures, given probable effects of global warming.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-94
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Health
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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