Morehead State University

Poster Title

Spatial Analysis of the Influence of Climatic Factors on Incidence of Disease in Kentucky

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Morehead State University

Abstract

The incidence of many diseases has not previously been examined spatially in Kentucky. Our research investigated long-term relationships between statewide patterns of disease incidence and key climactic factors which may substantially influence these patterns. Specific climate factors included long-term precipitation and maximum and minimum temperatures. While we primarily analyzed linkages between incidence of disease and climate, we also explored the potential influence of other factors. The results of our analysis aid in understanding the influence of precipitation and temperature regimes on disease incidence in Kentucky, and are expected to improve attempts to predict the patterns of disease incidence.

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Spatial Analysis of the Influence of Climatic Factors on Incidence of Disease in Kentucky

The incidence of many diseases has not previously been examined spatially in Kentucky. Our research investigated long-term relationships between statewide patterns of disease incidence and key climactic factors which may substantially influence these patterns. Specific climate factors included long-term precipitation and maximum and minimum temperatures. While we primarily analyzed linkages between incidence of disease and climate, we also explored the potential influence of other factors. The results of our analysis aid in understanding the influence of precipitation and temperature regimes on disease incidence in Kentucky, and are expected to improve attempts to predict the patterns of disease incidence.