Preliminary spatial analysis of Hendra disease outbreaks in South East Queensland

Burnham, Jahnavi and Chong, Albert K. and Liu, Xiaoye and Moore, Antoni (2015) Preliminary spatial analysis of Hendra disease outbreaks in South East Queensland. The Globe (76). pp. 39-45. ISSN 0311-3930

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Hendra Virus was first reported in the suburb of Hendra, Brisbane in 1994. It has proven to be fatal to both humans and horses, with the first outbreak resulting in the death of 13 horses and a trainer. Since then, there have been several other outbreaks reported across Queensland, from Cairns to the New South Wales border at Murwillumbah. Due to the frequent incidents of the virus outbreak, the Queensland Government's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) stated that there is a pressing need for current research on the spatial and temporal occurrences of the virus infections (DAFF 2012). This paper presents an overview of the research, and the preliminary results of the relationship between the Hendra disease outbreaks and the roosting sites of flying-foxes in the south-east Queensland. The results show a strong relationship (92% of the incidents) between temporary and seasonal roosting sites (rather than the permanent continuous roosting sites) and the outbreak locations. This finding suggests the need for detailed cluster analysis and regression models to identify the risk factors for the spread of the disease.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 06:03
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2018 06:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hendra disease; horses; flying-foxes; outbreaks; spatial analysis; roosting sites
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090905 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases

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