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Geographic Information System mapping of snakebite incidence in northern Ghana and Nigeria using environmental indicators: a preliminary study

Molesworth, Anna M., Harrison, Robert, Theakston, R.David G. and Lalloo, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7680-2200 (2003) 'Geographic Information System mapping of snakebite incidence in northern Ghana and Nigeria using environmental indicators: a preliminary study'. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol 97, Issue 2, pp. 188-192.

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Abstract

Snakebite is an important health problem in many parts of rural West Africa where the carpet or saw-scaled viper, Echis ocellatus, is responsible for most of the morbidity and mortality. Marked seasonal and geographical variation in the incidence of snakebite suggests an association with environmental factors that could potentially identify high-risk areas and inform health care decision making. This preliminary investigation describes a Geographic Information System (GIS) approach to risk mapping that identifies environmental variables potentially associated with variation in snakebite incidence rates at a number of health facilities in northern Ghana and Nigeria and which has been used to create a preliminary risk map of the potential probability of high snakebite incidence for West Africa. Detailed and extensive further studies will enable the more reliable estimation of snakebite incidence at a local level across the region.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 26.5 Informatics. Health informatics
WA Public Health > WA 20.5 Research (General)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WA Public Health > Statistics. Surveys > WA 900 Public health statistics
WD Disorders of Systemic, Metabolic or Environmental Origin, etc > Animal Poisons > WD 410 Reptiles
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
Groups (2002 - 2012) > Molecular & Biochemical Parasitology Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/s0035-9203(03)90115-5
Depositing User: Users 494 not found.
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2013 16:06
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:04
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/2617

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