Journal Article

Mapping Disease Incidence in Suburban Areas using Remotely Sensed Data

Annelise Tran, Jacques Gardon, Sacha Weber and Laurent Polidori

in American Journal of Epidemiology

Published on behalf of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Volume 156, issue 7, pages 662-668
Published in print October 2002 | ISSN: 0002-9262
Published online October 2002 | e-ISSN: 1476-6256 | DOI:
Mapping Disease Incidence in Suburban Areas using Remotely Sensed Data

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A method using remotely sensed data was developed to map the incidence of Q fever in the vicinity of Cayenne, French Guiana. A satellite image was processed to map land cover and generate a population density index, which was used to determine areas of high disease incidence during the 1996–2000 period. A comparison with results obtained using population census data showed strong concordance between the two incidence maps. All high-incidence areas identified using population census data were also detected using remotely sensed data. This demonstrates the potential of remote sensing as a new tool for rapid mapping of disease incidence in epidemiologic surveys.

Keywords: disease outbreaks; incidence; maps; population density; Q fever; remote sensing; Abbreviations: HRV, high resolution visible; HRVIR, high resolution visible and infrared; IRIS, Ilots Regroupés pour l’Information Statistique; SPOT, Satellite Pour l’Observation de la Terre.

Journal Article.  4219 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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