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Changes in Rodent Abundance and Weather Conditions Potentially Drive Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome Outbreaks in Xi’an, China, 2005–2012

Author(s): Tian, Huai-Yu; Yu, Peng-Bo; Luis, Angela D.; Bi, Peng; Cazelles, Bernard; et al

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Abstract: Background Increased risks for hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) caused by Hantaan virus have been observed since 2005, in Xian, China. Despite increased vigilance and preparedness, HFRS outbreaks in 2010, 2011, and 2012 were larger than ever, with a total of 3,938 confirmed HFRS cases and 88 deaths in 2010 and 2011. Methods and Findings Data on HFRS cases and weather were collected monthly from 2005 to 2012, along with active rodent monitoring. Wavelet analyses were performed to assess the temporal relationship between HFRS incidence, rodent density and climatic factors over the study period. Results showed that HFRS cases correlated to rodent density, rainfall, and temperature with 2, 3 and 4-month lags, respectively. Using a Bayesian time-series Poisson adjusted model, we fitted the HFRS outbreaks among humans for risk assessment in Xian. The best models included seasonality, autocorrelation, rodent density 2 months previously, and rainfall 2 to 3 months previously. Our models well reflected the epidemic characteristics by one step ahead prediction, out-of-sample. Conclusions In addition to a strong seasonal pattern, HFRS incidence was correlated with rodent density and rainfall, indicating that they potentially drive the HFRS outbreaks. Future work should aim to determine the mechanism underlying the seasonal pattern and autocorrelation. However, this model can be useful in risk management to provide early warning of potential outbreaks of this disease.
Publication Date: 30-Mar-2015
Electronic Publication Date: 30-Mar-2015
Citation: Tian, Huai-Yu, Yu, Peng-Bo, Luis, Angela D, Bi, Peng, Cazelles, Bernard, Laine, Marko, Huang, Shan-Qian, Ma, Chao-Feng, Zhou, Sen, Wei, Jing, Li, Shen, Lu, Xiao-Ling, Qu, Jian-Hui, Dong, Jian-Hua, Tong, Shi-Lu, Wang, Jing-Jun, Grenfell, Bryan, Xu, Bing. (2015). Changes in Rodent Abundance and Weather Conditions Potentially Drive Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome Outbreaks in Xi’an, China, 2005–2012. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9 (3), e0003530 - e0003530. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003530
DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003530
EISSN: 1935-2735
Pages: e0003530 - e0003530
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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