Principal Advisor: Dr Helen Mayfield


Phone: 0410 976 161

Organisational unit: School of Public Health

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is vector-borne disease that remains endemic in many countries. The mosquito-human transmission cycle means that environmental variables play a role in whether or not the disease is able to perpetuate. Studies in the Samoan Islands (American Samoa and Samoa) have identified the location of disease hotpots. Preliminary analysis and existing literature reveals that environmental factors are likely to be useful for predicting high risk locations. This project involves downloading spatial environmental data from the WorldClim database, preparing the layers and using existing geo-referenced data on known infection locations to explore potential association between the available environmental data and LF. The expected output of this project is a set of spatial layers for use in future models, and analysis of their potential usefulness in LF risk prediction, based on simple regression models.