Exploratory spatial analysis of social and environmental factors associated with the incidence of Ross River virus in Brisbane, Australia

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2007 May;76(5):814-9.


We used geographic information systems and a spatial analysis approach to explore the pattern of Ross River virus (RRV) incidence in Brisbane, Australia. Climate, vegetation and socioeconomic data in 2001 were obtained from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the Brisbane City Council and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, respectively. Information on the RRV cases was obtained from the Queensland Department of Health. Spatial and multiple negative binomial regression models were used to identify the socioeconomic and environmental determinants of RRV transmission. The results show that RRV activity was primarily concentrated in the northeastern, northwestern, and southeastern regions in Brisbane. Multiple negative binomial regression models showed that the spatial pattern of RRV disease in Brisbane seemed to be determined by a combination of local ecologic, socioeconomic, and environmental factors.

MeSH terms

  • Alphavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Alphavirus Infections / transmission
  • Climate*
  • Demography
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Queensland / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Ross River virus / pathogenicity*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Statistics as Topic