Meteorological factors are associated with hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in Jiaonan County, China, 2006-2011.

TitleMeteorological factors are associated with hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in Jiaonan County, China, 2006-2011.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLin H, Zhang Z, Lu L, Li X, Liu Q
JournalInternational journal of biometeorology
Date Published2013 Jun 21
Abstract

This study examined the effect of meteorological factors on the occurrence of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) using a generalized additive model with penalized smoothing splines in Jiaonan, China, from 2006 to 2011. The dose-response relationship was first examined, and then the association between daily meteorological variables and HFRS occurrence was investigated according to the dose-response curves. There were two linear segments in the temperature-HFRS relationship curve. When daily temperature was lower than 17 °C, a positive association was found [with excessive risk (ER) for 1 °C increase on the current day being 2.56 %, 95 % confidence interval (CI): 0.36 % to 4.80 %]. An inverse association was found when daily temperature was higher than 17 °C [ER for 1 °C increase on the current day was -12.82 % (95 % CI: -17.51 % to -7.85 %)]. Inverse associations were observed for relative humidity [ER for 1 % increase on lag day 4 was -1.21 % (95 % CI: -1.63 % to -0.79 %)] and rainfall [ER for 1 mm increase on lag day 1 was -2.20 % (95 % CI: -3.56 % to -0.82 %)]. Meteorological factors might be important predictor of HFRS epidemics in Jiaonan County.

DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0062087
Alternate JournalInt J Biometeorol