Spatial analysis of melioidosis distribution in a suburban area

Corkeron, M.L., Norton, R., and Nelson, P.N. (2010) Spatial analysis of melioidosis distribution in a suburban area. Epidemiology and Infection, 138 (9). pp. 1346-1352.

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Abstract

Burkholderia pseudomallei, the causative agent of melioidosis is associated with soil. This study used a geographic information system (GIS) to determine the spatial distribution of clinical cases of melioidosis in the endemic suburban region of Townsville in Australia. A total of 65 cases over the period 1996–2008 were plotted using residential address. Two distinct groupings were found. One was around the base of a hill in the city centre and the other followed the old course of a major waterway in the region. Both groups (accounting for 43 of the 65 cases examined) are in areas expected to have particularly wet topsoils following intense rainfall, due to soil type or landscape position.

Item ID: 8146
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: environment; melioidosis; spatial modelling
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ISSN: 1469-4409
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2010 00:54
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060504 Microbial Ecology @ 50%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040699 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified @ 20%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110303 Clinical Microbiology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9614 Soils > 961407 Urban and Industrial Soils @ 50%
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