Acute Q fever in northern Queensland: variation in incidence related to rainfall and geographical location

Harris, P., Eales, K.M., Squires, R., Govan, B., and Norton, R. (2013) Acute Q fever in northern Queensland: variation in incidence related to rainfall and geographical location. Epidemiology and Infection, 141 (5). pp. 1034-1038.

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to define the basic epidemiology of serologically confirmed acute Q fever in patients tested via the Townsville Hospital laboratory from 2000 to 2010 and to determine the impact of geographical location and seasonality on the incidence of acute cases in the Townsville region. Seven Statistical Local Areas (SLA) were identified as having an incidence higher than the average Queensland incidence over the study period. The SLA with the highest incidence was Woodstock-Ross with 24.9 cases/100 000. A clear seasonal peak was found, with the greatest number of cases observed in May, 3 months following the peak in rainfall in February. We hypothesize that an increase in wildlife numbers and drier conditions seen immediately following the wet season is the reason for the seasonal peak of human acute Q fever cases in Townsville.

Item ID: 29306
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-4409
Keywords: epidemiology, Q fever
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2013 00:09
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110801 Medical Bacteriology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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