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Methods in Geographical Information Systems for Public Health: A dengue perspective in Lahore

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Syed Ali Asad Naqvi, Liaqat Ali Waseem, Saima Shaikh

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.13( 1), 202-211, July 2018


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Dengue Fever is endemic in Pakistan and creating risks for the population of Lahore. Geographical solutions for diseases like dengue come from specialized disease mapping which is considered a fundamental step for solving problems in medical Geography. Current study encompasses spatial mapping and endemic foci detection of dengue disease occurred in Lahore from 2007 to 2013. For this purpose, dengue cases data of district Lahore for that specific duration had been used to map (in point format) the town wise prevalence. It was achieved through Google Earth and ArcGIS (ArcMap). One by one, all towns of Lahore were mapped for all study years to show dengue’s prevalent temporal changes. Results showed that Data Ganj Bakhsh town was the most affected town with 3310 cases whereas Samanabad (2542 cases), and Gulberg (2229 cases) towns were also very much affected but the main endemic foci was Data Ganj Bakhsh town. The reasons of this disease climax in these towns were socio-economic and strategic factors such as population, built-up area densities and lack of significant action against the disease.


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