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Special Issue "Spatial Dimensions of Public Health: Identifying and Monitoring Vector-Borne Diseases and Their Geographic Diffusion"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2019) | Viewed by 289

Special Issue Editors

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX 75080, USA
Interests: GIS; spatial statistics; urban public health
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Dr. Benjamin G. Jacob
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Guest Editor
Department of Global Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Interests: health and GIS; spatial modeling
Department of Global Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Interests: vector borne diseases; infectious disease ecology; medical entomology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vector-borne animal and vegetal infectious diseases, such as malaria and plant rust, globally create a significant public health burden. The former restrict, for example, the economic development, whereas the latter decrease, for example, agricultural productivity. Frequently, the vectors of human diseases are various species of mosquitoes. Often, plant disease pathogen vectors are organisms such as assorted fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Effective and efficient interventions to control the geographic spread of these diseases require the accurate and precise identification of the vectors’ habitats, including those, present world-wide, of certain species of mosquitoes of the Anopheles genus. What is known about containing such infectious diseases offers insights for devising interventions to control pests, such as southern army worms. Papers in this Special Issue will contribute to the body of knowledge concerning the use of geospatial instruments, datasets, and analytic techniques and methodologies for public health purposes and for designing intervention controls for vector-borne infectious diseases, as well as other phenomena having similar geographic dispersion mechanisms.

The impacts of vector-borne infectious diseases and their geographic diffusion depend not only on their obscure nurturing habitats, but also on our inability to accurately and precisely identify these habitats. Therefore, geospatial instruments, datasets, and analytic techniques and methodologies will be more valuable if customized for the purposes of public health, especially in terms of designing intervention controls for vector-borne infectious diseases. Success in these scientific endeavors should offer insights into the devising of interventions to control pests whose diffusion processes resemble those of vector-borne diseases.

This Special Issue welcomes studies and reviews about utilizing geospatial information science, including geographic information systems (GISs), global position systems (GPSs), geocoded data, satellite imagery, spatial statistics and econometrics, and GIScience concepts, with the goal of identifying vector-borne disease habitats. The papers can deal with the integration of georeferenced data with spatial diffusion models, the fusion of satellite and other aerially captured data (e.g., by drones), and the synergistic spatial and aspatial conceptualizations that address the identification of vector-borne infectious disease habitats. In addition, practical case studies about the use of geospatial information science for the prevention, protection, intervention, and control of the spread of vector-borne diseases are relevant to the issue’s goal and are welcome. Papers using GIScience to forecast vector-borne disease diffusion and formulate public health policies pertaining to vector-borne diseases are also within the scope of this Special Issue. Finally, papers that investigate the use of geospatial information science concepts and techniques to devise intervention strategies to control pests whose diffusion processes resemble those of vector-borne diseases are welcome as well.

This Special Issue will provide readers with up-to-date information about the interface between vector-borne infectious diseases and geospatial information science, with special reference to linking these two subject areas through habitat identification. One anticipated outcome is the improvement of early warning, prevention, and public health policies to cope with vector-borne infectious diseases.

Prof. Dr. Daniel A. Griffith
Dr. Benjamin G. Jacob
Prof. Dr. Robert J. Novak
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Geospatial information science
  • Public health
  • Vector borne disease habitats
  • Satellite imagery
  • Spatial statistics

Published Papers

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