Risk for Ross River virus disease in tropical Australia

Harley, David, Ritchie, Scott , Bain, Chris, and Sleigh, Adrian C. (2005) Risk for Ross River virus disease in tropical Australia. International Journal of Epidemiology, 34 (3). pp. 548-555.

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Background There are no analytical studies of individual risks for Ross River virus (RRV) disease. Therefore, we set out to determine individual risk and protective factors for RRV disease in a high incidence area and to assess the utility of the case–control design applied for this purpose to an arbovirus disease.

Methods We used a prospective matched case–control study of new community cases of RRV disease in the local government areas of Cairns, Mareeba, Douglas, and Atherton, in tropical Queensland, from January 1 to May 31, 1998.

Results Protective measures against mosquitoes reduced the risk for disease. Mosquito coils, repellents, and citronella candles each decreased risk by at least 2-fold, with a dose–response for the number of protective measures used. Light-coloured clothing decreased risk 3-fold. Camping increased the risk 8-fold.

Conclusions These risks were substantial and statistically significant, and provide a basis for educational programs on individual protection against RRV disease in Australia. Our study demonstrates the utility of the case–control method for investigating arbovirus risks. Such a risk analysis has not been done before for RRV infection, and is infrequently reported for other arbovirus infections.

Item ID: 6446
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-3685
Keywords: mosquito; virology; communicable diseases; arboviruses; Togaviridae; Alphavirus; Ross River virus; epidemiology; case–control studies; risk; behaviour; Diptera; insect repellents; camping; Queensland; Australia
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Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010 00:25
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