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2007 - Volume 43 (3) July-September
Kenneth J. Linthicum, Assaf Anyamba, Seth C. Britch, Jean Paul Chretien, Ralph L. Erickson, Jennifer Small, Compton J. Tucker, Kristine E. Bennett, Richard T. Mayer, Edward T. Schmidtmann, Theodore G. Andreadis, John F. Anderson, William C. Wilson, Jerome E. Freier, Angela M. James, Ryan S. Miller, Barbara S. Drolet, Scott N. Miller, Christy A. Tedrow, Charles L. Bailey, Daniel A. Strickman, Donald R. Barnard, Gary G. Clark & Li Zou
A Rift Valley fever risk surveillance system for Africa using remotely sensed data: potential for use on other continents 663-674
The authors developed a monitoring and risk mapping system using normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) times series data derived from the advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) instrument on polar orbiting national oceanographic and atmospheric administration (NOAA) satellites to map areas with a potential for a Rift Valley fever (RVF) outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa. This system is potentially an important tool for local, national and international organisations involved in the prevention and control of animal and human disease, permitting focused and timely implementation of disease control strategies several months before an outbreak. We are currently developing a geographic information system (GIS)-based remotely sensed early warning system for potential RVF vectors in the United States. Forecasts of the potential emergence of mosquito vectors will be disseminated throughout the United States, providing several months’ warning in advance of potentially elevated mosquito populations. This would allow timely, targeted implementation of mosquito control, animal quarantine and vaccine strategies to reduce or prevent animal and human disease.

Africa, Early warning, Rift Valley fever, Mosquito vectors, Targeted implementation, Geographic information system, Global surveillance, United States of America.

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