West Nile Virus Infection and Proximity of Residence to Bodies of Water

Melissa S. Nolan, Ana Zangeneh, Salma A. Khuwaja, Diana Martinez, Susan N. Rossmann, Victor Cardenas, and Kristy O. Murray.  Proximity of Residence to Bodies of Water and Risk for West Nile Virus Infection: A Case-Control Study in Houston, Texas. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology  Volume 2012, Article ID 159578, 6 pages doi:10.1155/2012/159578 

West Nile virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne virus, has clinically affected hundreds of residents in the Houston metropolitan area since its introduction in 2002. This study aimed to determine if living within close proximity to a water source increases one’s odds of infection with WNV. We identified 356 eligible WNV-positive cases and 356 controls using a population proportionate to size model with US Census Bureau data. We found that living near slow moving water sources was statistically associated with increased odds for human infection, while living near moderate moving water systems was associated with decreased odds for human infection. Living near bayous lined with vegetation as opposed to concrete also showed increased risk of infection. The habitats of slow moving and vegetation lined water sources appear to favor the mosquito-human transmission cycle. These methods can be used by resource-limited health entities to identify high-risk areas for arboviral disease surveillance and efficient mosquito management initiatives.

 

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