Journal article

Application of satellite precipitation data to analyse and model arbovirus activity in the tropics

Grit Schuster, Elizabeth E Ebert, Mark A Stevenson, Robert J Corner, Cheryl A Johansen

International Journal of Health Geographics | BMC | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Murray Valley encephalitis virus (MVEV) is a mosquito-borne Flavivirus (Flaviviridae: Flavivirus) which is closely related to Japanese encephalitis virus, West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis virus. MVEV is enzootic in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea and epizootic in other parts of Australia. Activity of MVEV in Western Australia (WA) is monitored by detection of seroconversions in flocks of sentinel chickens at selected sample sites throughout WA. Rainfall is a major environmental factor influencing MVEV activity. Utilising data on rainfall and seroconversions, statistical relationships between MVEV occurrence and rainfall can be determined. These relationships can..

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