Climate variations and the transmission of Ross River virus infection in coastal and inland regions of Queensland--an analysis from Townsville and Toowoomba

Peng Bi, Kevin Parton

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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 hat temperatures, rainfall and high tides are possible contributors to the transmission of RR virus in these regtions, with a lagged effect of zero to three months. This suggested that climate variations might play a certain role in RR virus infection and attention should be paid to preventative measures, given probable effects of global warming.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Health
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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