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Ross River virus disease in inland NSW: higher than average notifications in 2007–08

Julie A. Tall, Anthony M. Brown, Therese C. Jones, Catherine A. McKenna

NSW Public Health Bulletin 21(12) 271-273 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB09015 Published: 8 March 2011

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Julie A. Tall

Anthony M. Brown

Therese C. Jones

Catherine A. McKenna

Abstract

This study showed that Ross River virus notifications in the Greater Western Area Health Service of NSW were higher in 2007–08 than any other financial year for the 1997–2009 period. The study also examined the epidemiology of those notifications. Notification and population data were retrieved from the NSW Health Notifiable Diseases Database and HOIST Populations Library respectively. Age-standardised notification rates were highest in Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett and Warren. Notifications peaked for the 35–39-year age group and were evenly distributed between the sexes. Notifications peaked in February. Aboriginal status was under-reported.