Spatial dynamics of TB within a highly urbanised Asian metropolis using point patterns

Das, Sourav, Cook, Alex R., Wah, Win, Win, Khin Mar Kyi, Chee, Cynthia Bin Eng, Wang, Yee Tang, and Hsu, Li Yang (2017) Spatial dynamics of TB within a highly urbanised Asian metropolis using point patterns. Scientific Reports, 7. 36.

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Singapore is a high-income country in a region with a high prevalence of tuberculosis. The Singapore Tuberculosis (TB) Elimination Program (STEP) was set up in 1997, and the better surveillance and clinical management practices initiated under STEP led to a decade-long decline in the incidence levels. However, incidence rates started to rise again since 2008. The reasons for this rise are unclear. This study involved a spatial analysis of the epidemiology of TB among Singapore residents. More than 30 000 cases reported during 1995–2011 and their residential addresses were analysed for spatial risk and spatial clustering, using spatial point pattern methodology. The principal factor responsible for the increasing resident TB incidence in Singapore is the changing age profile of the population. In particular the burgeoning population aged above 65 years accounts for the increase in reported cases. Singapore’s population has one of the world’s lowest fertility and mortality rates, and the elderly population is projected to grow substantially over the next few decades. Tuberculosis rates may therefore continue to rise even with static or improving case management and surveillance.

Item ID: 59175
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2045-2322
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Funders: National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore TB Elimination Program
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 01:07
FoR Codes: 01 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 0104 Statistics > 010401 Applied Statistics @ 25%
01 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 0104 Statistics > 010402 Biostatistics @ 25%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 100%
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