Spatial distribution and risk factors of influenza in Jiangsu province, China, based on geographical information system

Zhang, Jia-Cheng and Liu, Wen-Dong and Liang, Qi and Hu, Jian-Li and Norris, Jessie and Wu, Ying and Bao, Chang-Jun and Tang, Fen-Yang and Huang, Peng and Zhao, Yang and Yu, Rong-Bin and Zhou, Ming-Hao and Shen, Hong-Bing and Chen, Feng and Peng, Zhi-Hang (2014) Spatial distribution and risk factors of influenza in Jiangsu province, China, based on geographical information system. Geospatial Health, 8 (2). pp. 429-435. ISSN 1970-7096

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Influenza poses a constant, heavy burden on society. Recent research has focused on ecological factors associated with influenza incidence and has also studied influenza with respect to its geographic spread at different scales. This research explores the temporal and spatial parameters of influenza and identifies factors influencing its transmission. A spatial autocorrelation analysis, a spatial-temporal cluster analysis and a spatial regression analysis of influenza rates, carried out in Jiangsu province from 2004 to 2011, found that influenza rates to be spatially dependent in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. South-western districts consistently revealed hotspots of high-incidence influenza. The regression analysis indicates that railways, rivers and lakes are important predictive environmental variables for influenza risk. A better understanding of the epidemic pattern and ecological factors associated with pandemic influenza should benefit public health officials with respect to prevention and controlling measures during future epidemics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Influenza, geographical information system, spatial autocorrelation analysis, spatial-temporal cluster analysis, People’s Republic of China
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 > 614.4 Incidenza delle malattie e misure pubblica per prevenirle (classificare qui l'Epidemiologia, l'Epidemiologia clinica)
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 15:50
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 15:50

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