Location: Mosquito and Fly ResearchTitle: CHIKRisk: Global monitoring & mapping of chikungunya risk Author
|Anyamba, Assaf - Universities Space Research Associaton|
|Soebiyanto, Radina - Universities Space Research Associaton|
|Rama, Xhafer - Universities Space Research Associaton|
|Bijoria, Shivan - Universities Space Research Associaton|
|Jepsen, Rikke - Universities Space Research Associaton|
|Linthicum, Kenneth - Ken|
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/7/2018
Publication Date: 1/30/2018
Citation: Anyamba, A., Soebiyanto, R.P., Rama, X., Bijoria, S., Jepsen, R., Linthicum, K. 2018. CHIKRisk: Global monitoring & mapping of chikungunya risk. Meeting Abstract. pg. 1.
Technical Abstract: The 2013 Chikungunya outbreak in the Americas demonstrated the importance of readiness in assessing potential risk of the emergence of vector-borne diseases. More thatn 1.7 million suspected cases occurred and the disease spread to 33 countries and territories in 8 months. Climate and ecological conditions serve as major contributors to the emergence and re-emergence of vector-borne diseases including chikungunya. Variations and persistence of extreme climate conditions act as a trigger for the increase in certain disease vector populations and disease transmission. Under the umbrella of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s BSVE (Biosurveillance Ecosystem) Program, we have developed a climate-based app, CHIKRISK, which will help analysts answer three critical questions: (1) where has chikungunya activity occurred, (2) where it is occurring now, and (3) which regions are currently at risk for chikungunya. The app provides maps of historical chikungunya outbreak locations; rainfall and land surface temperature (including anomalies); climate-based chikungunya risk maps for the Caribbean and northern part of South America. The risk map capability will be expanded in a phased manner to cover the entire world. This app serves as a tool for assessing risk in various regions of potential military deployment and travel.