Spatio-Temporal Modeling for Peak Events of Seasonal Influenza

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Material Information

Title:
Spatio-Temporal Modeling for Peak Events of Seasonal Influenza A Case Study in Florida
Physical Description:
1 online resource (102 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Wang, Ying
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Geography
Committee Chair:
WAYLEN,PETER ROBERT
Committee Co-Chair:
MAO,LIANG
Committee Members:
FIK,TIMOTHY J
MORRIS,JOHN GLENN

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
activity -- ili -- peak-event -- time-lag -- weather
Geography -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Geography thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
Influenza is one of the most common infectious diseases with respect to its ability to easily spread from person to person and result in severe complications, or even death. For a typical season, influenza activity often peaks in one, or several weeks which incorporate a high proportion of the cases in an outbreak, and are referred to variously as “peak events”, or “peak weeks”. To address the significance of peak events behind the seasonal nature of influenza outbreaks, multidisciplinary research has been advocated for investigating the impacts of weather conditions on the occurrence of peak events. Taking 16 Florida counties as a study area, this research provides a series of innovative statistical analysis aiming to: 1) derive an unambiguous and practical definition of Influenza-like Illness (ILI) peak events and statistically characterize their properties extracted from limited historic ILI records, including: annual event density, their timing, magnitude over prescribed thresholds, and duration; 2) identify fine-scale time lags between weather fluctuations and ILI peak activity for various age groups in terms of the established definition of peak events; 3) investigate interplay among daily weather conditions, climate divisions, properties of peak events and daily ILI activity during peak events for age-specific groups in Florida based on the identified time lags. The conceptual framework and satisfactory results of this research will aid public health professionals in improving surveillance and determining optimal periods for cost-effective intervention strategies.
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In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Ying Wang.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: WAYLEN,PETER ROBERT.
Local:
Co-adviser: MAO,LIANG.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-05-31

Record Information

Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0045789:00001