Vector borne disease in urban subtropical coastal zones

planning perspectives for an emerging natural hazard

Anna Lyth, Paul J. Beggs, Neil J. Holbrook

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    Abstract

    The body of literature investigating the causes of vector borne disease (VBD) outbreaks (such as Ross River virus) in coastal subtropical regions of Australia, stresses that the relationship between VBD and the biophysical environment, including climate variability and change, is not simple. This paper provides an integrated exploration of VBD incidence in the context of socio-biophysical interactions (such as population dynamics, human settlement growth and biophysical change). The study focuses specifically on the coastal subtropical regions of southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales. These regions (i) possess the natural landscapes that are conducive to mosquito habitats, (ii) are exposed to climatic conditions favourable to VBD such as Ross River virus, and (iii) are experiencing rapid and continuing population growth, significant urban development, and consequential environmental modification. Together, the emerging socio-biophysical circumstances raise questions as to the future risks of VBD incidence in the region. Options for mitigative and adaptive planning tools and strategies for the sustainable management of such diseases in urban subtropical coastal zones are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPlanning for natural hazards
    Subtitle of host publicationhow can we mitigate the impacts?
    EditorsR. John Morrison, Sandra Quin, Edward A. Bryant
    Place of PublicationWollongong, NSW
    PublisherGeoQuEST Research Centre
    Pages89-101
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)1741281156
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventPlanning for natural hazards : how can we mitigate the impacts? - Wollongong, NSW
    Duration: 2 Feb 20055 Feb 2005

    Conference

    ConferencePlanning for natural hazards : how can we mitigate the impacts?
    CityWollongong, NSW
    Period2/02/055/02/05

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