An operative dengue risk stratification system in Argentina based on geospatial technology

Porcasi, Ximena and Rotela, Camilo H. and Introini, María V. and Frutos, Nicolás and Lanfri, Sofía and Peralta, Gonzalo and De Elia, Estefanía A. and Lanfri, Mario A. and Scavuzzo, Carlos M. (2012) An operative dengue risk stratification system in Argentina based on geospatial technology. Geospatial health, 6 (3). S31-S42. ISSN 1970-7096

gh-v6i3-06-porcasi.pdf - Published Version

Download (1MB)
Official URL:


Based on an agreement between the Ministry of Health and the National Space Activities Commission in Argentina, an integrated informatics platform for dengue risk using geospatial technology for the surveillance and prediction of risk areas for dengue fever has been designed. The task was focused on developing stratification based on environmental (historical and current), viral, social and entomological situation for >3,000 cities as part of a system. The platform, developed with open-source software with pattern design, following the European Space Agency standards for space informatics, delivers two products: a national risk map consisting of point vectors for each city/town/locality and an approximate 50 m resolution urban risk map modelling the risk inside selected high-risk cities. The operative system, architecture and tools used in the development are described, including a detailed list of end users’ requirements. Additionally, an algorithm based on bibliography and landscape epidemiology concepts is presented and discussed. The system, in operation since September 2011, is capable of continuously improving the algorithms producing improved risk stratifications without a complete set of inputs. The platform was specifically developed for surveillance of dengue fever as this disease has reemerged in Argentina but the aim is to widen the scope to include also other relevant vector-borne diseases such as chagas, malaria and leishmaniasis as well as other countries belonging to south region of Latin America.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dengue, decision informatics support, geomatics, risk, Argentina
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 614 Medicina legale; incidenza delle malattie; Medicina preventiva pubblica > 614.5 Incidenza di specifiche malattie e tipi di malattia e misure pubbliche per prevenirle > 614.58 Malattie da virus > 614.588 Infezioni da virus a RNA (Include la febbre da zecche del Colorado, la febbre della valle del Rift, le infezioni da hantavirus, le infezioni da retroviridae) > 614.5885 Infezioni da flavivirus > 614.58852 Dengue (Include la febbre emorragica dengue)
Depositing User: Luca Tiberi
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 17:09
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2016 17:09

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item